If you go and visit Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory a rather sorry sight will greet you. The great ship stands proudly in her dry-dock but is currently without her towering masts. She is a shadow of her former self as she undergoes a stem to stern renovation. Boris Johnson’s opponents, and they are many and vociferous, are rather like Victory, stranded ashore and without their masts, unable to catch the wind of the current mood and stranded on the shore of bitter discontent. In time Victory will rise again to her former magnificence but can the same be said for those who so bitterly oppose the Prime Minister?
In The Race Meeting, Sir John Everett Millais presents a poignant story of an undisciplined crowd at the Epsom Derby.