When I first visited Kokkola a year ago, the Mayor told me that the British had offered to pave the roads of the city in the late 1940s if they would give us our boat back. ‘Look’ he said, with pride, from his office ‘our roads are all paved. What are you offering now?’
The British have gone a thousand years without anyone sacking their capitol. Not sure anyone else can make that claim, or even come close. The runners up are almost all former British colonies. Best defense is a good offense and all that.
I'm working off a widely-held idea. "Mr. President, I speak on behalf of a very old country, founded in 1066 by the French" ~ British Foreign Minister Jack Straw, 2003
If we are both around in 2066, we can revisit this topic in London. Maybe step in on King William V and solicit his ideas on the subject.
The British have gone a thousand years without anyone sacking their capitol
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