Yes, Willard really said this. Think he’s sizing up the UK for a Bain takeover?
“England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population.”
Somehow, the English Channel didn’t stop Prince Albert. Even the trees are kind of puny, though, have you noticed?. But they still have the Cayman Islands!