I was in the National Museum of Wales the other day, where there is a collection of 18th century portraits on show together.
A young man looked at them, smiled, and said, “They’re all Presidents of the United States, aren’t they?”
They were not, but I asked him why he thought so.
“I like them. They’re all really great. Jefferson and Mozart. They’re my favourites. No. I’m not sure if Jefferson was a president, but Mozart was. He was really good.”
I had no idea how to respond to this, as he was enjoying himself so much.
But I thought, why not?
It’s hard to think of a world leader that is a great person, never mind a good or efficient one. Maybe Mozart would have been a good leader. Even if not, I really like the idea of a debating chamber instead of discussing who next to bomb, or which budget to slash, sitting round listening to The Four Seasons.
Could that really be a bad thing?