Letter: Realpolitik misses true interests

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Sir: Correlli Barnett is quite wrong. He seems to be saying that it's no concern of mine if someone burns down his house with his family inside it. Well it is, even if he's not a particularly close neighbour, and I'd hope that a reasonably efficient police force would at least have a try at catching the perpetrators, perhaps even thus discouraging further outrages.

I must say that I agree with his implication that Clausewitz and Palmerston were neither good nor great.

Yours faithfully,




29 December