Britain is a nation in desperate need of a driver

After a historic Brexit vote, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are not providing the statesmanship needed to avoid a political and economic disaster

This week, as an anxious Britain prepared to witness Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan crashing to defeat, Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill's grandson, tweeted one of his grandfather's solemn warnings from the 1930s.

Mr Soames, a Conservative politician, repeated lines from a poem that his grandfather had quoted to express his despair at Britain's political paralysis in the face of the Nazi threat:

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2019, with the headline 'Britain is a nation in desperate need of a driver'. Print Edition | Subscribe