"He made the trains run on time."
- That, as I recall, was said of Benito Mussolini.
Once, many years ago, when I was having trouble getting my money out of the
Banca Nazionale de Lavoro, on the Via Veneto, in Rome, I casually said:
"Where is Mussolini, now that I need him?"
A bank official said: "Did you like Mussolini?"
I answered: "No, but he would have shot somebody!"
Dictatorships are, in that way, ever so efficient. Monarchy is dictatorship
with grace. The monarch is allegedly above politics, and has his/her
people's interest at heart. Alas, that has seldom been the case, but, as
Ernest Hemingway once put it: "Wouldn't it be pretty to think so?"