Winston Churchill is the British hero of World War II - the bulldog prime minister who took on Hitler's Nazis and won. His wartime bunker has been turned into a museum and his image is plastered on all sorts of tat in English souvenir shops.
However, it is not widely publicised that the good people of England voted him out of office in the general election immediately after the war.
Clement Attlee does not feature on as many Toby Jugs or T-shirts as Churchill, but the Labour leader comprehensively defeated his Tory opponent in 1945.
Despite the economic meltdown that followed the war, Attlee went on to establish the National Health Service (NHS). While it has its problems, the NHS for a long time has been seen as the benchmark for public health services.
Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar are facing into their own wartime scenario as they work to form a government. The two politicians have an opportunity like none before them to make life-changing policy decisions which will have long-lasting impacts on how we live.
For years, politicians pledged to reform our health service but nothing changed. But now is the time. The public mood, once we overcome this pandemic, will be for an improved health service that respects those working in the sector and those who receive their care.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, thousands have signed up to join the heath service and hopefully they will remain on after the crisis.
Our two-tier health service was also abolished overnight.
Martin and Varadkar know this is their opportunity to create their own NHS and finally fix Ireland's health service. They will get little resistance from the Opposition. But will they be thanked for it by voters? Who knows. Despite establishing the NHS, Attlee himself was voted out of office and Churchill returned in 1951.