Chris Hastings in The Mail on Sunday reports the “discovery” that Churchill used the phrase “we are all in it together” in a Jubilee dinner organized by the National Association of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Taxes on 28 May 1952.
This, Hastings claims, shows that Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne was being Churhcillian when he said recently “We are all in this together” when talking about the spending cuts.
Churchill’s line was uncovered by historian Andrew Roberts and the Churchill Archives Centre, in a cache of unpublished recordings of Churchill speeches found at Chartwell. But this is hardly Churchill’s first usage of the famous cliche.
Churchill’s The Grand Alliance (1950), records this memo from the Prime Minister to the Lord Privy Seal and Minister of Food, 12 December 1941:
It would be a mistake, in my opinion, to announce these restrictions of rations now. It would savour of panic. Our position has immeasurably improved by the full involvement of the United States. The reserves are good. We are all in it together, and they are eating better meals than we are.
Churchill also used “we are all in it together” publicly in a speech on the House of Commons, 4 November 1952, as recorded in Churchill, Stemming the Tide (1953) and Martin Gilbert, Winston S. Churchill: Road to Victory (1986).
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