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"Do or Die" / "Do and Die"

References & URLs

This is a partial list of references to the phrase "Do or die" that appeared in the media on or shortly after 25th June 2019.

It is related to my article '"Do or Die" Or "Do and Die"?' on the LivesoftheLightBrigade blog (published 5 July 2019).

The list was generated initially using a Google Search with the search terms "Do or Die Johnson" on (I think) 1 July 2019. I have added a couple of new references when I chanced upon them later.

In some cases the entire url is shown, in others the url is clipped, so if you want to follow up particular links you may have to do a bit more work. Simply pasting the stub of the url into a search engine may do the trick.

Try a search for yourself: SEARCH. If you come with anything interesting, let me know.

Notice below how many non-British sources commented e.g. Japan, China, Gulf states, US, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel.

The Times, 10 July 2019

Johnson is positively not a man with a plan

David Aaronovitch

The Tory frontrunner has built a career on a can-do attitude but Brexit requires a problem-solver with no illusions

...I'm not the first to point out that Johnson's promise to "do or die" over the Brexit date comes from a poem about futile sacrifice, and is preceded by the words "Someone had blundered". The Charge of the Light Brigade is the ultimate critique of relying on positive thinking. But try telling that to people who don't realise that when Eric Idle sang Always Look on the Bright Side of Life while nailed to the cross in The Life of Brian, he was being grimly ironic....

[Source: The Times, 10 July 2019]

Voice of the North, 30 June 2019



(Click on image to enlarge)

The vital misquote in Boris de Pfeffel's Charge of the Shite Brigade

Julian Cole

POLITICS COMES IN DIFFERENT SIZED PACKAGES, big and small. In the larger package, you will find President Putin pronouncing western liberalism obsolete. In the small package, you will find Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson speaking cod-Churchillian bollocks about making Brexit happen by October 31st, 'do or die'.

Johnson, for a long time strangely silent, is currently filling the small package of British politics, crowding out all good sense with Boys Own Paper hints of derring-do to come.

That Brexit Halloween deadline he swears he will stick to, or figuratively die in the attempt, is a memorable yet often mis-used, mis-quoted line from Tennyson's poem The Charge of the Light Brigade which should conclude with the promise to "do AND die". Hardly the image his Brexit pledge sought to achieve, surely? Judge for yourself. . .

Quite whether a poem written in honour of a famous British defeat in the Crimean War is the image Johnson was reaching for is debatable.

And - if you'll pardon the expression - our modern political echo of Tennyson's poem seems to be The Charge of the Shite Brigade, only with willy-waving rather than sabres drawn...

[Source: Voice of the North, Julian Cole, "Charge of the Shite Brigade", 30 June 2019.]

Daily Mail, 25 June 2019

'It's do or die': Boris 'categorically' rules out staying in the EU past October 31 and says Britain must 'get ready to come out without an agreement' in strongest No Deal statement to date.

He told TalkRadio he would plan 'so we are ready to come out on October 31. Come what may. Do or die'...

In response to Mr Johnson's comment that Brexit was 'do or die', defeated Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart tweeted a passage from Alfred Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade. He wrote: 'Ours not to reason why/Ours but to do or die/Into the valley of Death/Rode the 600...'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7178729/Its-die-Boris-categorically-rules-staying-EU-past-October-31.html

Published: 25 June 2019

Huffington Post

...the front-runner rammed home his pledge to get the UK out of the EU by October 31. Thanks to a cunning prompt from TalkRadio's Ross Kempsell, Johnson (who often repeats interviewers' questions, if he thinks they are friendly) declared we would exit by that date, "do or die". By contrast, Jeremy Hunt said last night that was a 'fake deadline'. Rory Stewart, who pointed out that 'do or die' is a line in The Charge of the Light Brigade...

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/the-waugh-zone-wednesday-june-26-2019_uk_5d1334c8e4b0aa375f55db73

CityA.M.

https://www.cityam.com/boris-johnson-uk-will-leave-eu-on-31-october-come-what-may/

Boris Johnson has confirmed the UK will leave the EU on 31 October "come what may" if he is elected Conservative leader as he ruled out another extension to the Brexit talks.

EUObserver

https://euobserver.com/tickers/145266

Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-boris-johnson-next-tory-leader-contest-do-or-die-rory-stewart-charge-light-brigade-army-a8975901.html

PoliticsHome.com

Boris Johnson vows to deliver Brexit 'do or die' by 31 October

The Atlantic

What Boris Johnson's 'Do or Die' Slip Really Means - The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/06/what-boris.../592717/

2 days ago - Boris Johnson, the runaway favorite to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, sparked controversy this week following a pledge to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union by October 31 "do or die."

Zerohedge

Brexit "Do-Or-Die" Game Theory: Is Johnson Lying? Hunt? Ireland ...

https://www.zerohedge.com/.../brexit-do-or-die-game-theory-johnson-lying-hunt-irela...

1 day ago - Boris Johnson: "Do or Die". He will deliver Brexit on October 31. No delays. No extensions. He does not want No Deal but he is prepared for ...

Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge risks election, no EU exit - Hunt ...

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-leader-idUSKCN1TR1IX

3 days ago - On Tuesday, Johnson told TalkRADIO that Britain would leave the bloc on Oct. 31 "do or die, come what may."

Indy100

Tory leadership race: Boris Johnson's use of 'do or die' in relation to ...

https://www.indy100.com/.../boris-johnson-do-or-die-brexit-tennyson-charge-light-br...

3 days ago - Boris Johnson yesterday stepped up his Brexit rhetoric with the phrase "do or die". While, to be fair, he was affirming a statement made by ...

BBC News

Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge - BBC News

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-48766828

4 days ago - The front pages cover Boris Johnson's promise to leave the EU with or without a deal on 31 October.

Sailweb

Ainslie in a Boris Johnson 'do or die' move at GC32 Worlds' - Sailweb

https://www.sailweb.co.uk/.../ainslie-in-a-boris-johnson-do-or-die-move-at-gc32-worl...

1 day ago - The move, described by Ainslie as "a Boris Johnson 'do or die' move" gave them the final race win and they sit in fourth place with all four ...

Forex Factory

Brexit "Do or Die" Game Theory: Is Johnson Lying? Hunt? Ireland? EU ...

https://www.forexfactory.com/news/928032-brexit-do-or-die-game-theory-is-johnson

3 days ago - Stated Positions and Red Lines Boris Johnson: "Do or Die". He will deliver Brexit on October 31. No delays. No extensions. He does not want ...

Egypt Independent

Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge - Egypt ...

https://egyptindependent.com/hunt-takes-aim-at-pm-rival-johnsons-do-or-die-brexit-p...

3 days ago - LONDON (Reuters) - Jeremy Hunt took aim at Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31, saying ...

Jerusalem Post

Hunt blasts Johnson's 'do or die' pledge - The Jerusalem Post

jpost.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx?issue...page=12&article...

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Jeremy Hunt took aim at Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on October 31, saying his rival in the ...

British Magazine

Daily Briefing: Johnson's "do or die" Brexit challenge

https://www.the-british-magazine.uk/daily-briefing-johnsons-do-or-die-brexit-challen...

3 days ago - LONDON (Reuters) - Urged on by hardcore Brexiters, Boris Johnson has made his campaign for the premiership all about one date: Oct 31.

Yahoo

Johnson's "do or die" Brexit pledge risks election, no EU exit - PM ...

https://www.yahoo.com/news/johnsons-die-brexit-pledge-risks-111558193.html

3 days ago - The promise by Boris Johnson, frontrunner to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, that Britain will be out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without an exit deal risks prompting an election and no Brexit all, his rival Jeremy Hunt said on Wednesday. "If we do it in this kind of 'do or ...

BBC News

BBC News (UK) on Twitter: "Newspaper headlines: Johnson's 'do or ...

https://twitter.com/BBCNews/status/1143648303210541056

4 days ago - He needs the votes of his own colleagues plus the rest of parliament to leave with no deal so he is deluded has no one told him that you can ...

RadioNewsHub

"Do or die" Brexit could destroy the government, warns PM hopeful ...

https://www.radionewshub.com/.../A-Do-or-die-Brexit-could-destroy-the-government...

3 days ago - Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on October the 31st ...

Today Online

Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge risks election, no EU exit: PM ...

https://www.todayonline.com/.../britains-hunt-takes-aim-pm-rival-johnsons-do-or-die-...

3 days ago - LONDON - Boris Johnson the favorite to become British prime minister said the chances of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal ...

NASDAQ

Britain's Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson's "do or die" Brexit pledge ...

https://www.nasdaq.com/.../britains-hunt-takes-aim-at-pm-rival-johnsons-do-or-die-br...

3 days ago - LONDON, June 26- Jeremy Hunt took aim at Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31, saying his ...

Encyclopedic News

Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge - Encyclopedic News

encyclopedic.co.uk > ... > 25 > Paper review: Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge

4 days ago - The Financial Times is one of several papers to lead on Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to leave the EU with or without a deal on 31 October ...

National Post

Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge risks election, no EU exit - PM ...

https://nationalpost.com/.../johnsons-do-or-die-brexit-pledge-risks-election-no-eu-exit-p...

3 days ago - LONDON - The promise by Boris Johnson, frontrunner to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, that Britain will be out of the EU on Oct. 31 ...

Cyprus Mail

'Do or die' Brexit could destroy government, warns PM hopeful Hunt ...

https://cyprus-mail.com > All Posts

3 days ago - Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 no ...

Mayne Press

Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge - The ...

https://www.themaynepress.com > News

4 days ago - The Monetary Instances is certainly one of a number of papers to steer on Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to depart the EU with or with no ...

Simple News

Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge - SimpleNews

https://simplenews.co.uk > General

4 days ago - Picture caption The Monetary Occasions is certainly one of a number of papers to steer on Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to go away the ...

"Do or die" Brexit could destroy government, warns PM hopeful Hunt ...

https://www.gg2.net > News > UK News

3 days ago - Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 no matter ...

ITV

'Digital hustings' challenge looms as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt ...

https://www.itv.com/.../tory-leadership-rivals-boris-johnson-and-jeremy-hunt-clash-ov...

4 days ago - ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston says Mr Johnson's "do or die" Brexit by Halloween could lead to a general election. Video Player is ...

CityAM

Hunt: Boris Johnson's no-deal Brexit will put Corbyn in Downing Street ...

https://www.cityam.com/jeremy-hunt-says-boris-johnsons-brexit-plan-will-put-corbyn...

3 days ago - CityAM - Boris Johnson's "do or die" Brexit pledge risks installing Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street, Conservative leadership Jeremy Hunt has ...

Menafn

Do or die Brexit could destroy government, warns PM hopeful Hunt ...

https://menafn.com/.../Do-or-die-Brexit-could-destroy-government-warns-PM-hopefu...

3 days ago - Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 no matter ...

Hilltop Monitor

Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge

hilltopmonitor.com/.../hunt-takes-aim-at-pm-rival-johnsons-do-or-die-brexit-pledge/

2 days ago - One of Mr Johnson's most senior supporters, former leadership rival Dominic Raab, suggested he could legally ignore the will of Parliament to ...

Gulf Times

"Do or die" Brexit could destroy government, warns PM hopeful Hunt

https://www.gulf-times.com/.../Do-or-die-Brexit-could-destroy-government-warns-PM

3 days ago - Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 no matter ...

This is Money

Britain's Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson's "do or... | This is Money

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/.../Britains-Hunt-takes-aim-PM-rival-Johnsons-die-Brexit...

3 days ago - LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) - Jeremy Hunt took aim at Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31, ...

Irish Examiner

Johnson: Do or die, Brexit ...

https://www.pressreader.com/ireland/irish-examiner/20190626/281900184746274

3 days ago - Tory leadership contender again avoids questions on personal life.

121Private

Brexit: Johnson says Britain will leave EU on 31 October 'do or die ...

https://121private.home.blog/.../brexit-johnson-says-britain-will-leave-eu-on-31-octob...

4 days ago - Paper review: Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge. The front pages cover Boris Johnson's promise to leave the EU with or without a deal on 31 ...

Head Topics

Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge - Head Topics

https://headtopics.com/uk/johnson-s-do-or-die-brexit-pledge-6556444

4 days ago - Newspaper headlines: Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge. The front pages cover Boris Johnson's promise to leave the EU with or without a ...

Xinhua

Race to win keys to Downing Street hots up as gap between rivals ...

www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/27/c_138178783.htm

2 days ago - Hunt said Johnson's "do or die" deadline could trigger a snap general election that could see Jeremy Corbyn moving into Downing Street as a ...

Daily Telegraph

Ruth Davidson and most MSPs back Jeremy Hunt amid concern about ...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk % News % Politics

3 days ago - Their declaration of support for Mr Hunt came amid intense concern among senior Scottish Tories that Mr Johnson's "do or die" Brexit strategy ...

In Facts

All power to MPs trying everything to block no deal - InFacts

https://infacts.org/all-power-to-mps-trying-everything-to-block-no-deal/

1 day ago - ... it's a consequence of Brexiters' increasingly extreme lurch towards no deal, epitomised by Boris Johnson's "do or die" call earlier this week.

Stock News Press

Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge

stocknewspress.com/.../hunt-takes-aim-at-pm-rival-johnsons-do-or-die-brexit-pledge....

3 days ago - Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge. The statement comes after Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage reportedly said that ...

POLITICO London Playbook, British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce

https://www.politico.eu/newsletter/london-playbook/politico-london-playbook-presented-by-british-ukrainian-chamber-of-commerce-do-or-die-brexit-positions-revenge-of-the-mac/

DO OR DIE': Sometimes in politics a phrase sticks, and Boris Johnson's assertion that the U.K. will leave the EU on October 31, with or without a deal, "do or die," looks like being one of them, plastered this morning across five national newspaper front pages. Make no mistake, it's a significant firming up of Johnson's Brexit position and to retreat from it come the autumn would now be the mother of all U-turns.

...

Did he mean to say it? Hats off to talkRADIO's Ross Kempsell for Tuesday's agenda-setting Johnson interview and the phrase "do or die" itself, which Johnson didn't use unprompted, but when repeating Kempsell's question about no deal back to him. Full transcript here.

Anyone for Tennyson? It is of course, not a phrase with entirely reassuring connotations, as the vanquished Rory Stewart pointed out last night; its fame probably stems from a slight misquoting of Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade": "Theirs not to make reply, / Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die. / Into the valley of Death / Rode the six hundred." Optimistic.

Politico

Putin the boot in "'Turds" - POLITICO - London Playbook

https://www.politico.eu/.../politico-london-playbook-presented-by-british-ukrainian-c...

1 day ago - Johnson: Meanwhile, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has made her views on Johnson's %do or die% Brexit approach crystal clear.______________

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Times Now

British prime ministerial contender Boris Johnson says chances of no ...

https://www.timesnownews.com > World

2 days ago - Earlier, Hunt took aim at rival Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the EU no matter what, saying this stance could destroy Brexit ...

Sun

Boris Johnson unveils new Aussie-style points-based immigration ...

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9382272/boris-johnson-points-based-immigration-plan/

3 days ago - Although she insisted she had "good relationships" with both contenders, her comments put her squarely behind Mr Johnson's "do or die" ...

Click Lancashire

Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge

clicklancashire.com/.../hunt-takes-aim-at-pm-rival-johnsons-do-or-die-brexit-pledge.h...

3 days ago - He told talkRADIO that he would succeed where Prime Minister Theresa May had failed by force of will, describing it as a "do or die" proposition ...

Evening Standard

Boris Johnson 'can ignore' MPs over No Deal Brexit vote, says ...

https://www.standard.co.uk > News > Politics

3 days ago - Mr Johnson's "do or die" pledge to leave the EU on October 31 was challenged by critics who said they would rebel to block a no-deal Brexit.

Japan Times

Boris Johnson says chances of no-deal Brexit are 'a million to one ...

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/.../boris-johnson-says-chances-no-deal-brexit-million-one/

3 days ago - Earlier, Hunt took aim at rival Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the EU no matter what, saying this stance could destroy Brexit ...

Guardian

Jeremy Hunt goes full-on Action Man - only without the personality ...

https://www.theguardian.com/.../jeremy-hunt-more-than-ken-doll-boris-johnson-john-cr...

3 days ago - ... and whose lips have sunk them. Vine got stuck in immediately, challenging him to counter Johnson's "do or die" October Brexit deadline.

SCMP

France warns British PM hopefuls Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt that ...

https://www.scmp.com > News > World > Europe

20 hours ago - Boris Johnson: 'Do or die', Britain will leave EU on October 31. Advertisement. EU leaders have been at pains to conceal their dismay at the ...

Saudi Gazette

Brexit could destroy govt, warns PM hopeful Hunt - Saudi Gazette

saudigazette.com.sa/article/570070

3 days ago - LONDON - Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct.

China Daily

Race to win keys to Downing Street hots up as gap between rivals ...

www.chinadaily.com.cn > World

3 days ago - Hunt said Johnson's "do or die" deadline could trigger a snap general election that could see Jeremy Corbyn moving into Downing Street as a ...

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Brexometer

'Do or die' Brexit could destroy government, warns PM hopeful Hunt ...

https://brexometer.com/do-or-die-brexit-could-destroy-government-warns-pm-hopefu...

3 days ago - LONDON (Reuters) - Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European ...

Zawya

Johnson's "do or die" Brexit pledge risks election, no EU exit - PM ...

https://www.zawya.com/.../Johnsons_do_or_die_Brexit_pledge_risks_election_no_EU...

3 days ago - Johnson told TalkRADIO that Britain would leave the bloc on Oct. 31 "do or die, come what may" - ZAWYA MENA Edition.

Daily Express

Brexit latest: Raab rubbishes Remainer plot to bring down ...

https://www.express.co.uk > News > Politics

3 days ago - Jeremy Hunt has hit out at Boris Johnson's 'do or die' stance towards the October 31 Brexit deadline insisting the date was a "fake promise".

Optimist

Ainslie in a Boris Johnson 'do or die' move at GC32 Worlds'

optimist.co.za > Sailing News

1 day ago - Ainslie in a Boris Johnson 'do or die' move at GC32 Worlds': Ainslie in a Boris Johnson 'do or die' move at GC32 Worlds' opening day in Lagos ...

Reuters/Etleboro

Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit ... - Etleboro.org

https://etleboro.org/g/.../hunt-takes-aim-at-pm-rival-johnsons-do-or-die-brexit-pledge

3 days ago - REUTERS/Simon DawsonLONDON (Reuters) - Jeremy Hunt took aim at Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European ...

News Now

Jeremy Hunt news | Breaking News & Search 24/7 - NewsNow

https://www.newsnow.co.uk > UK > Government & Politics > Conservatives

Britain's Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson's "do or die" Brexit pledge Reuters05:47. PM hopeful Hunt claims he would 'never allow' the Union to be broken up ...

Last Minute Stuff

Do or die' Brexit could destroy government, warns ... - Last Minute Stuff

www.lastminutestuff.com/content/Do-or-die-Brexit-could-destroy.../5573827.html

Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 no matter what, saying the ...

Bord Bia

https://www.bordbia.ie/.../bord-bias-london-office-brexit-update-22nd--28th-june-20...

1 day ago - Duncan Smith's appointment came within hours of Johnson "do or die" commitment. Johnson has told senior Conservatives that if they are to ...

Gulf Today

Boris could destroy Brexit: Hunt - GulfToday

https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2019/06/26/boris-could-destroy-brexit-hunt

3 days ago - Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 no matter ...

Guardian, 1 July 2019

For we voteless bystanders, it's ours not to reason why, as both men "do or die" us into the valley of economic doom.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/01/jeremy-hunt-tory-leadership-contender

[PB: I was on holiday abroad from early July so I took a break from collecting. I picked it up again on 25 July, when the "do-or-die" phrase was still in currency, partly because Johnson himself frequently reiterated his intention to force the UK out of the EU on 31st October, whatever the opposition. I expect there were a lot more references in the meantime.]

Guardian, 21 July 2019

MPs must find the courage to stop a mindless no-deal Brexit - Gordon Brown

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/21/mps-stop-no-deal-brexit-british-public-economic-shock

A new poll reveals how fearful the British public is about the likely economic shock. They are right to be worried

...When future historians look back, they will be shocked to discover how such an act of economic self-harm that runs wholly counter to the national interest could ever be portrayed by Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson as the height of patriotism, and criticism from any quarter dismissed as a betrayal.

Even if some of the immediate chaos forecast by officials is averted on the day, the long-term economic impact of no deal is where the calamity lies. British history includes self-inflicted wounds - military disasters such as the Charge of the Light Brigade and the fiasco of Gallipoli - but no peacetime act of self-harm can rival exiting the EU without a deal when we are so woefully unprepared. Even now the new European commission president is offering to deliver us from this fate - and we are refusing the help.

But for the Brexiteers there is little consideration of the consequences of what they propose. Their mission is driven by belief, emotion and ideology and the vehemence with which allegations of "betrayal" and "treachery" are thrown around reveals a profound crisis of identity.

For what message do we send about what kind of Britain we now are if we reject out of hand last week's European offer to ditch the cliff-edge, and boast instead that we will not pay the money we owe to the EU: the equivalent of declaring an economic war on our neighbours? Brexiteers may be trying to reinvent a "Britain alone" Dunkirk spirit - once again showing its indomitable fortitude. But this all too easily descends into an inward-looking, intolerant and adversarial brand of paranoid nationalism bent on blaming all who disagree...

The London Economic, 22 July 2019

Gordon Brown has accused Boris Johnson of preparing to push the British economy "off a cliff" with his determination to deliver Brexit by the end of October, "do or die".

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/politics/chaotic-damaging-and-dangerous-brown-warns-johnson-dont-push-the-uk-off-a-cliff/22/07/

Joe Mellor:

Ahead of Mr Johnson's expected election on Tuesday as Tory leader, the former prime minister said a no-deal break with the EU would be a "self-inflicted wound" comparable in military terms to the Charge of the Light Brigade...

[GB's comments were widely reported.]

RT [Russia Today], op-ed, 23 July 2019

You'd have to be mad to think Boris Johnson is the answer to Britain's problems - George Galloway

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/464839-boris-johnson-british-problems/

... To be fair it should be said that Johnson is as colourful as his predecessor Mrs May was bloodless. He is clever and quick-witted (you get what you pay for at Eton), is well read and is a good writer too (he should be, he is Britain's most expensive newspaper columnist). Like his hero Winston Churchill, he believes history will treat him kindly because HE intends to write it.

He is also possessed of a brand of courage, the kind of courage that showed in the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War. He led the Tory-Brexit campaign from the front and - unlike the Light Brigade - he emerged the winner...

Irish Times, article, 23 July 2019

Five things Boris Johnson said that he may live to regret

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/five-things-boris-johnson-said-that-he-may-live-to-regret-1.3964739

New Conservative leader offered up several hostages to fortune during campaign

Denis Staunton London Editor

... "Do or die"

Johnson's promise to take Britain out of the EU on October 31st "do or die" has limited his room for manoeuvre in negotiations with the EU by establishing a deadline so firm that breaking it would amount to a betrayal of his supporters. Johnson claims that his clear determination to leave the EU with or without a deal strengthens his negotiating hand but the experience of the past three years suggests that it will increase pressure on him to accept the EU's terms.

Irish Times, letter, 25 July 2019

Boris Johnson and the keys to No 10

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/boris-johnson-and-the-keys-to-no-10-1.3966120

Sir, - Denis Staunton places "Do or die" number two among "Five statements the incoming PM may live to regret" (News, July 24th).

The "Do or die" remark of the buccaneering Boris is perhaps the most telling of all.

All of Tennyson's poem The Charge of the Light Brigade glorifies the unfortunate troops who charged into the "valley of death" knowing their commander had made a great blunder ("Theirs not to reason why,Theirs but to do and die").

Forward the Light Brigade. This man, for one, is surely dismayed. - Yours, etc,

PAT MURPHY,

Greystones,

Co Wicklow.

Financial Times, letter, 21 August 2019

Boris ought to quote Tennyson correctly

Letter from Sean Magee, Tetbury, Glos, UK, 21.8.2019

[IMAGE - Engraving of Light Brigade overwhelming the guns.]

'Theirs not to reason why/Theirs but to do and die' Getty

Your editorial "Leaked Brexit report should focus MPs' minds" (August 19) correctly describes the no-deal plan as "folly on a monumental scale". The Yellowhammer report sets out many of the consequences of a no-deal exit but says virtually nothing of the implications for businesses that export goods and services to the EU. It is inconceivable that this sector has been omitted. Perhaps more information will be forthcoming?

Boris Johnson says the UK will leave the EU by October 31 "do or die". The report makes it certain that he should have used the correct quote from "The Charge of the Light Brigade", which is "do and die". Appropriately the poem also says "Someone had blundered".

Sean Magee

Tetbury, Glos, UK

[Source: Financial Times, here.]

From John Kiddell, Madrid, Spain

Boris has surely adopted the 17th Lancers' motto



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Sean Magee (Letters, August 21) draws our attention to the tendency of our political leaders to misquote text from inappropriate sources.

However, what he does not point out is that the regiment destroyed in the Charge of the Light Brigade, the 17th Lancers (known curiously enough as the Duke of Cambridge's Own), adopted the motto "Death or Glory".

History seems to be repeating itself.

John Kiddell Madrid, Spain

[Source: Financial Times, here (accessed 22.8.2019).

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