Heroic Failure

Recommended by Gavin Duffy, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #2 in Brexit

England's favourite poem, Rudyard Kipling’s If , says that triumph and disaster are the same thing. It also enjoins the English to “lose, and start again at your beginnings/ And never breathe a word about your loss.” Most modern English heroics are screw-ups, retreats or disasters: the charge of the Light Brigade, the doomed Franklin expedition to find the Northwest Passage, “Scott of the Antarctic”, the “last stand” against the Zulus at Isandlwana, Gordon of Khartoum, the Somme, the flight from Dunkirk. The parallels with Brexit are obvious, but the problem is that the cult of heroic failure... more

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Gavin Duffy This is a fantastic talk by Fintan O’Toole @fotoole about his new book the #HeroicFailure of #Brexit delivered in the famous Politics and Prose in Washington DC. Well worth giving it the time to watch. https://t.co/A5rSkVbvo1 https://t.co/qjdBAVW6ur (Source)

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