Citations from memory

A short post.

I just remembered a citation I heard on the BBC World Service while driving to a meeting in The Hague a couple of years ago. It was a member of the House of Lords being interviewed about some minor issue which attracted much public attention, while infinitely more important matters passed unnoticed:

“What’s in the public interest is not always identical with what the public is interested in”.

Waiting in the car some weeks ago – listening to the BBC World Service again – an Indian business man about politics in India:

“The urgent and the tactical take precedence over the important and the strategic”.

Isn’t that true for many other places besides India?

Anyway, I liked the clear minds of these men, and their command of language.

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