SIR – The Prime Minister, being a Churchill acolyte, will understand my military analogy, emphasising the necessity during challenging times for pragmatism, courage and risk.
Had Montgomery listened to his medical team before El Alamein, to the extent the Government is influenced by theirs, he would have cancelled the attack. Too many casualties; aid posts overrun; not enough hospital space; the shadow of further failure. You get my gist.
Instead, the attack was mounted and the battle won, leading to the defeat of Axis forces in north Africa. Timidity now, as it would have done in 1942, will further undermine morale.
Variants of one kind or another will come and go for years and, frankly, it’s time to put our shoulders back and get on with our lives, free of the state.
Richard Drax MP (Con)