Red is the colour

April 25, 2013

In “Resolving to do better” (Opinion, 11 April), Rob Behrens attributes the following quote to Mao Zedong: “It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or white as long as it catches the mouse.”

That was actually said by Deng Xiaoping. Mao would have been more likely to have said: “It doesn’t matter whether a cat catches a mouse or not, as long as it is red.”

Ros Allen
University of Surrey

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