Was there something in Lord Palmerston's career that made him associated with temporary appointments becoming permanent?

Was there something in Lord Palmerston's career that made him associated with temporary appointments becoming permanent?

While researching the quote "nothing more permanent than something temporary", I stumbled upon this quote from the "Royal United Service Institution Journal" from 1888:

I fear they will verify Lord Palmerston's saying, that nothing is so permanent as a temporary appointment, not improbably our grand-children, visiting the Cape on pleasure or on business, will see this astounding, this everlasting memento, of our foresight.

I presume that the attribution was apocryphal rather than a literal quote but why was Lord Palmerston chosen for the attribution? Was there a famous episode in his career that resulted in him being associated with temporary appointments? Or perhaps he really did use this phrase and was directly famous for it?

I tried checking Lord Palmerston's biography but couldn't find any relevant episodes.


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