Saturday, 11 August 2012

More wise counsel from Clement Attlee

Tam Dalyell's obituary of Sir Donald Limon, former Clerk of the House of Commons, contains the following anecdote:

I was vexed about press treatment of one of the [Public Accounts] committee's reports. "I commend to you the attitude of Lord Attlee," he replied. "When his press secretary Francis Williams told him, 'Prime Minister, The Times and The Daily Herald are saying dreadful things about you,' Attlee replied, 'Francis, pass me the cricket scores – and the births, marriages and deaths.'" Limon believed politicians should not be unduly upset by press comment. Different days!

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