although I would gladly touch on all the other topics and explain the way in
which certain politicians are working your ruin, I will confine myself to
pointing out that whenever any question arises that concerns Philip, instantly
up jumps someone and tells you how good a thing it is to preserve peace, and
what a bother it is to keep up a large army, and how certain persons want to
plunder your wealth, and all that sort of thing; and by these speeches they put
you off and afford leisure for Philip to do whatever he wishes.