"There are a lot of crossed fingers in Westminster" (Andrew Marr, BBC News at One)
What does that mean? People are to be sent to their deaths, and the government are "crossing their fingers"?
"Okay, 100 of you, you're sons are going to be shot. It's time for a Pointless Gesture. Got to be done. Sorry old chaps. Duty to allies. Ours not to reason why and all that rot."