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Brief Encounter, Rory Stewart—in a crisis act immediately and aggressively

His best present was a Playmobil castle, his worst a toy Batmobile

By Prospect Team   May 2020
Illustration by Nick Taylor

Illustration by Nick Taylor

What has life taught you about how to deal with a crisis? 

Act immediately and aggressively. People—and governments in particular—are almost always too slow and too mild in their response. Listen to the experts but don’t let them take the decisions. Assume that other countries will be doing many things better than we are, and copy them.  

What single principle would guide you most if you were PM in this hour? 

Better to be blamed for over-reacting than for acting too slowly.  

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