Britain Today

“Nothing is the matter with me,” wrote the 19-year-old William Rivers, “only lost my leg, and that in a good cause!” That was the midshipmen serving on the HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar. His is just one of the many stories that reflect courage, heroism and humor.

It’s on my mind because we held our final book club meeting for John Sugden’s biography of Horatio Nelson last night. But it’s also on my mind because of the massive contrast with Britain today.

As I write, Britain’s government is collapsing. I’m struggling to resist the temptation to hit “refresh” on the news page to find out if Boris Johnson is still in office. It looks like he survived the day, but he probably won’t be around for much longer.

Read more at “What Happened to Our Leaders?”

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