In times of crisis, fight them on the beaches

By Letters
A row of empty beach umbrellas in Marbella, Spain
A beach in Marbella, Spain, where the prime minister is said to be on a break. Photograph: David Soanes Photography/Getty Images

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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