My He­roes Of His­tory

This England - - Editors Letter -

Lord Ho­ra­tio Nel­son is prob­a­bly my favourite of all time. He was a man’s man who stood for ev­ery­thing great about Bri­tish his­tory and to­tally de­serves his place on such a pin­na­cle in Trafal­gar Square. He was a nau­ti­cal man, and as a nau­ti­cal man my­self I can never read enough about him. He achieved so much, was lauded by the en­tire coun­try, but still liked a pint in a pub. El­iz­a­beth I was quite a lady and mostly loved by her peo­ple. She was strong and some­times ruth­less, yet she had vul­ner­a­bil­ity and needed pro­tec­tion. What­ever the sit­u­a­tion, she ap­pears to have al­ways been a lady, al­though per­haps a lady with a twin­kle in her eye. Al­bert Ein­stein was not just a sci­en­tist and math­e­mati­cian. He had an in­cred­i­ble brain and an ex­panse of knowl­edge and com­mon sense far be­yond what is gen­er­ally recorded. He is an­other one I would love to have a chat with and mostly lis­ten to. Boudicca was an­other strong leader. My daugh­ter Zia is a big fan, which is a lit­tle wor­ry­ing. Boudicca stood up to be counted for her peo­ple and her land, and was not just a war­rior but a strate­gist, too. Any­one who could take on the might of Rome and al­most win was quite a woman. Sir Win­ston Churchill made mis­takes, as will any one who takes on re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Churchill was an­other of those who was pre­pared to put his head above the para­pet and lead by ex­am­ple. We think of him and think of WWII, but he was a hero be­fore then. Some say he was reck­less, oth­ers say he was for­tu­nate, but what­ever he was he was the strong leader that Bri­tain needed at a cru­cial time.

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