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A Foreign Secretaryand this applies also to a prospective Foreign Secretaryis always faced with this cruel dilemma. Nothing he can say can do very much good, and almost anything he may say may do a great deal of harm. Anything he says that is not obvious is dangerous; whatever is not trite is risky. He is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.

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Source Notes: Source: HAROLD MACMILLAN, secretary of state for foreign affairs, remarks in the House of Commons, July 27, 1955.Parliamentary Debates , House of Commons Official Report, vol. 544, col. 1301.

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