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If I ruled the world: Simon Callow

Stop English changing, for Shakespeare’s sake

By Simon Callow   April 2014

“If I ruled the world, life would be very unstable” ©Colin McPherson/Corbis 

The first thing we do,” says the rebel leader Dick the Butcher in Henry VI Part Two, “let’s kill all the lawyers.” Perhaps Dick the Slightly Less Butch might think twice about that: wiping out things you don’t like tends only to foster their re-growth, as I well recollect from hacking off a hated wart, which returned at double the size. When I reported this to one of my school chums (I was living in Africa at the time),…

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