- David Cameron , New Delhi , November, 2013 ...
"I've come here more times as prime minister than I've been anywhere other than Belgium."
" ... if India should go ... England, from having been the arbiter, would sink into the inglorious playground of the world. Wondering pilgrims would come to see us just as they climb the Acropolis or inspect the Nile... A congested population would lead a sordid existence with no outlet for its overflow, no markets for its manufactures ... swallowed up in a whirlpool of American cosmopolitanism ... our aspirations defined only by a narrow and selfish materialism ... England would become a sort of glorified Belgium."
- Lord Curzon , Birmingham, December, 1907 ...
"In the seventies we tried being Belgium and we didn't like it."
Julie Burchill, sometime in the 1980s
(Acknowledgments to Julian Craig for bringing the first two quotations to my attention.)