A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw

From: Everybody's Political What's What? (1944)

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish playwright

rob Peter to pay Paul (expression): to steal money from one person to give it to another person
depend on (verb): rely on
support (noun): assistance, help; in this case votes in an election

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Contributor: Josef Essberger