In times of crisis, fight them on the beaches | Letter

Eric Tyrer explains how Boris Johnson is emulating his hero Winston Churchill in the timing of his holiday

Boris Johnson jets off on holiday yet again (Report, 11 October). In January 1942, at the height of the second world war, his hero Winston Churchill had a freebie break in Florida. Following talks with Franklin D Roosevelt in Washington to discuss a joint war strategy, Churchill was flown down to Pompano beach for a holiday and stayed in a house provided by the US secretary of state, Edward Stettinius. The local newspaper, the Miami Daily News, had a cartoon showing two overweight middle-aged men flopped on a beach, captioned: “Hard work is the thing that will win this war – we must keep at it night and day.”
Eric Tyrer
Brighton, East Sussex

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