What’s the gravest problem facing the UK?  Brexit? Not a bit of it. I loved this response of Harry Eyres during his civil service interview.  Needless to say, it didn’t help him get the job.

Probably wasn’t cut out for it anyway.

‘At my final board in the Civil Service examination, I was faced with a semicircle of very serious-looking people wearing half-moon glasses.  “What do you consider the gravest problem facing the U.K. at the moment, Mr. Eyres?” asked one of them, with solemn politeness.  I blurted out what I felt but what I suspect was the wrong answer: “I think the fact that so many people do such dreadfully boring jobs.”’  


Source: Harry Eyres, Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), p. 23

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