PERHAPS we who have little faith in the posh boy leaders of the Brexiteers – Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees Mogg and Michael Gove – may have judged their lack of ability too harshly.

According to one observer, public schools created men who would be "acceptable at a dance and invaluable in a shipwreck".

I don’t know about the dancing, but it may useful if Boris can bash out a tune on the coconut halves as the Brexit shipwreck struggles to stay afloat.

But my guess is, rather than standing at the salute as the Brexit ship goes down, these public-school reprobates will have grabbed the last lifeboat and be rowing (another handy public school activity) frantically for the nearest foreign off-shore.

Margaret Eason, Darlington