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It was sudden intervention from this quarter which put paid to the "Langbehn mission," and which ensured for the unfortunate doctor a more gruesome demise than he might otherwise have suffered.
But in what could be its last act in power, non-euro Britain seemingly put paid to a proposal for all 27 EU nations to guarantee massive new borrowings on bond markets in the bloc's name, at a time when Portugal, Spain and Italy are coming under rising pressure from powerful speculators.
Thisbe's light, clear voice put paid to that: "Will you be happy if you get killed with full bellies?"