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A Jew-ridden half-American drunkard. Adolf Hitler, re Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill who became Home Secretary in 1910 was an influential advocate of eugenics. Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal I, BBC 2019
Their response was to start shooting at anything that moved. Great Crimes and Trials: Browne & Kennedy & Other Police Killers
The request was sent asking for troops to be dispatched from the Tower of London. This was approved by the thirty-six-year-old Home Secretary Winston Churchill, who then hurried to Sidney Street to see the action. ibid.
The anarchists were now keeping up a steady fire. ibid.
A wisp of smoke was seen coming from Number 100. Soon the fire had taken a good hold. Churchill told firemen to stay clear until the roof and first floor collapsed. ibid.
The request was sent asking for troops to be dispatched from the Tower of London. This was approved by the thirty-six-year-old Home Secretary Winston Churchill, who then hurried to Sidney Street to see the action. Great Crimes and Trials: The Siege of Sidney Street
A wisp of smoke was seen coming from No 100. Soon the fire had taken a good hold. Churchill told firemen to stay clear until the roof and first floor collapsed. ibid.
The letter [from the apparently murdered wife of Dr Crippen, post-dated Chicago] itself had been passed to the Home Secretary – Winston Churchill – who slipped it into his pocket and maybe forgot all about it because it was certainly never given to the defence as it should be. Julian Duffus, historian
Churchill’s Turkish adventure was a disaster. Hesitation and delay led to the troops landing after Gallipoli two months after the first Naval bombardment. The Turks were waiting for them. 50,000 Britain, Australian and New Zealand troops died in the bloodbath. Andrew Marr, The Making of Modern Britain, BBC 2009
But Churchill was not a splendid Chancellor. He had one great decision in front of him and he got it wrong. In March 1925 he summoned four economists to dine at the Treasury to thrash out the burning economic issue of the day – the Gold Standard ... Globalisation with Britain at the centre ... The radical young economist John Maynard Keynes thought that going back to gold would devastate Britain’s already weakened industry. By instinct Churchill was also against ... And hell it was. The return to the Gold Standard made British exports more expensive, including coal ... An industrial dispute was coming to the boil. The mine owners stood firm. Then at one minute to midnight on the third of May 1926 the TUC called a general strike. ibid.
He was a giant of politics and war. The inspirational leader through Britain’s darkest hours. Soldier, statesmen, builder of walls, smoker of endless cigars, but above all, history’s insatiable communicator. Andrew Marr on Churchill: Blood, Sweat and Oil Paint, BBC 2015
For almost fifty years painting was Churchill’s private passion. ibid.
Princess Elizabeth, just 25 years old, was now Queen Elizabeth II. Churchill was on his way to address the Commons. Despite his grief, he saw in the young and glamorous queen the promise of a new Elizabethan age to rival even the golden age of Elizabeth I. New Elizabethans With Andrew Marr I: Building a New Society, BBC 2020
First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill got the blame. Over fourteen-hundred men many of them cadets had died in a single torpedo attack. The First World War: Blockade, Channel 4 2003
On becoming prime minister in 1940 Winston Churchill said that all his life had been preparation for a moment of destiny. But no chapter had prepared him more than the First World War … humiliation and disgrace. Churchill’s First World War, BBC 2013
The First Lord of the Admiralty … he believed he had a special gift for war. ibid.
‘Churchill was an ego-maniac.’ ibid. scholar
Churchill was in acute danger for he was the Blenheim Rat. The renegade and class traitor who had deserted the Tories to join the ruling Liberals in 1904. ibid.
Obsessed with the Dardanelles ... 53,000 dead ... He was sacked. ibid.
‘He is a hound of the lowest sense of political honour, a fool of the lowest judgment and contemptible.’ ibid. Margo Asquith of Churchill
It was also a construct of real-life covert operations – It is absolutely crucial to understand through to the late 1980s a highly secretive sub-section of different Intelligence services – Britain, American and Western European – participated in a very sophisticated NATO-led operation to engineer terrorist attacks inside Western Europe, which could then be blamed on the Soviet Union ... Winston Churchill gave the original order .. The idea was to galvanise public opinion against left-wing policies and parties when it was considered they were getting too popular. Nafeez Ahmed
But then in a cold dark January Winston Churchill died. And all of a sudden London stopped swinging. Simon Schama, A History of Britain: The Two Winstons, BBC 2000
Orwell and Churchill did have this in common: they not only wrote the history of their times, they lived it. Look at Churchill, look at Orwell, and you’ll understand what happened to Britain in the twentieth century. You’ll see how our past shaped our future. ibid.
He was after all born in a palace at Blenheim. ibid.
Winston’s father Randolph, boy wonder of the Tories, Chancellor of the Exchequer at just thirty-seven ... Finally, the Tories let him go and he never got back to power. ibid.
But Winston hardly knew his parents ... He was packed off to boarding school at the earlier possible opportunity. Churchill wrote he had only had a handful of conversations with his father in his entire life. ibid.
Winston began to gorge on history ... Almost all his life he believed in the greatness and the goodness of the British Empire. ibid.
When he defected to the Liberals in 1904 he joined a party joyously hammering the nails into the coffin of Victorian England. ibid.
All sorts of social reforms poured from his fertile mind – labour exchanges, unemployment insurance, cleaning up sweatshops. ibid.
His [Churchill’s] grandstanding egotism. As Home Secretary he was a bit too ... trigger-happy employing troops against strikers. He regarded the suffragettes like prisoners of war. ibid.
Gallipoli 1915: 52,000 allied troops perish in Turkey. A bloody fiasco and an expedition championed by Winston Churchill. ibid.
Churchill did his penance on the trenches of Flanders. ibid.
He was now back in the fold as Chancellor of the Exchequer, busy crushing the General Strike. ibid.
Winston was still mistrusted by the vast majority of his Party. But the swing in public opinion towards him was so great it seemed prudent to include him in the government. ibid.
All the qualities that generally made him so impossible – his pig-headed obstinacy, his low boiling point, his romantic belief in British history, were now in the black days of May exactly what the country needed. ibid.
In the general election Churchill received the thanks of the nation by being handed a tremendous drubbing. ibid.
Winston Churchill by Graham Sutherland: ‘This clash of the titans, this duel of the egos’. Face of Britain by Simon Schama, BBC 2015
Sutherland is distraught and humiliated by the whole thing. ibid.
One of the great masterpieces of British portraiture. ibid.
In May 1940, just eight months into war, MI5 and Special Branch swooped on locations in central London: their targets were members of the Right Club – an extreme pro-Nazi society led by aristocrats and Tory MP Archibald Ramsay. The Right Club wanted to bring down the British government and forge an alliance with Hitler. Churchill and the Fascist Plot, Channel 4 2013
A murky world of fascist toffs, disaffected foreign aristocrats and spies. ibid.
The Right Club would pose as big a threat to his [Churchill’s] position as Adolf Hitler. ibid.
By January 1938 Ramsay had become a fanatical anti-Semite. He was not alone. ibid.