No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Dalrymple remembers the time he was accosted on radio for having suggested that an ugly building must have been the product of official corruption:

“Are you saying that Shrewsbury town councillors are corrupt?” he asked.

“Don’t you understand,” I said (though I may at this distance in time be paraphrasing), “that that is the charitable interpretation? We all like money, so we can all understand if the council allowed these buildings for money. But if it were for some other reason… No, no, I can’t think as badly of you as that.”

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