Wednesday, 11 November 2009

The Nelson Touch

Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson lost his eye during the bombardment of Calvi on Corsica and his right arm at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands in 1797. He then had to learn to write with his left hand. He was an excellent leader, sympathetic to his men and able to inspire initiative, courage and great loyalty in his men from the lowliest Jack Tar to his captains. Indeed, when news of his death broke after the Battle of Trafalgar, hardened salts who had been fighting the enemy fleets at close quarters a few hours earlier, broke down in inconsolable floods of tears. Nelson's style of leadership became known as the "Nelson Touch".
So I have no sympathy for ""the clunking fists" of our over-promoted, sociopathic, inadequate Prime Minister. Why doesn't he make proper use of the secretariat staff at 10 Downing Street? A handwritten message of sympathy on the death of a son must be right first time so it must be checked and double-checked before posting. In a way it's the closest, an MP will get to making safe a booby-trap, except that if he gets it wrong there's only a day or so of embarrassment.


killemallletgodsortemout said...

I couldn't believe the state of that letter, and I couldn't understand why Jimmy McSnot received so much support from the commenters in the various newspapers.

Perhaps it's indicative of the dumbing down of education in Britain that the Prime Minister can scrawl such a missive and send it out.


Gallimaufry said...

Indeed, that scrawl would get him an A* A Level in Nusocialism from the University of Life at Foy (Cash preferred) simply because he brought a pen.

Gallimaufry said...

Sorry of the spelling mistake. It should have read University of Lies not Life.

James Higham said...

Yes, pretty poor going, wasn't it?

Thud said...

Brownie reaches new lows...I almost feel sorry for him...almost.