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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

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As I understand it, 'If' was inspired by one Leander Starr Jameson of Jameson Raid fame. What WAS inspired by American actions in the Philippines was that rather wonderful, rather controversial poem 'The White Man's Burden.


"Take up the White Man's burden -
The savage wars of peace -
Fill full the mouth of famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch Sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought."

"Take up the White Man's burden -
The savage wars of peace -
Fill full the mouth of famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch Sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought."

Could be the mission statement of most London local authorities.

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