Plain sailing


Never mind the manoeuvres, just go straight at 'em.

Horatio Nelson

Nelson was of the opinion that in war no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.

According to Edgar Vincent, his method for evolving plans was not analytical. He despised "pen and ink men". He relied on imagination and intuition to produce ideas, then rigorously tested those ideas against the experience and insights of those whose judgement he trusted.

Movement leaders don't worry about the fancy manoeuvres, and the pen and ink, they just sail "straight at 'em".