With the dockworkers, 1 August 1940. “I never gave them courage. I was able to focus theirs.”
Jane Crowther, editor-in-chief of Britain’s
Total Film magazine, had pertinent questions about the new film Darkest Hour. They were forwarded by Lady Gilbert from the website of official biographer Sir Martin Gilbert. Alas he is gone, but Sir Martin’s inspiration continues to guide everyone, as he said, “who labours in the Churchill vineyard.”
Q: Did Winston Churchill ever use public transport while PM, particularly the tube?
Not to my knowledge. His daughter
told me he only used the Underground once, and became so lost that he had to be rescued.…
Read More Read More Churchill harangues Halifax, London, 1938.
“I am quite satisfied with my views of India. I don’t want them disturbed by any bloody Indian.” Thus Winston Churchill said (or is alleged to have said) to
Lord Halifax née Lord Irwin née Edward Wood, in 1929.
“Bludgeon of choice”
A historian friend says the Indian
Bengal Famine (1943) “is on its way to surpassing the Dardanelles (1915) as the bludgeon of choice for Churchill’s detractors.” He was commenting on the latest outburst of Bengal Famine nonsense—contested by a thoughtful Indian, as well as myself: scroll to comments.
“Bloody Indian” tracks to Ben Pimlott, editor,
The Second World War Diary of Hugh Dalton 1940-45 (Jonathan Cape 1986), 126.… Read More Read More