Assault on Winston Churchill, 2018: A Reader’s Guide

Assault on Winston Churchill, 2018: A Reader’s Guide

Assault and battery…

Since I am los­ing track, I thought it would be con­ve­nient to cre­ate an index to the assault on Win­ston Churchill prompt­ed by Gary Oldman’s splen­did per­for­mance in the movie Dark­est Hour. The read­er will note the sim­i­lar­i­ty of top­ics. Many of these writ­ers feed off each oth­er, repeat­ing the same dis­proven argu­ments, with­out ever trou­bling indi­vid­u­al­ly to check their often-trun­cat­ed Churchill quotes or The Churchill Doc­u­ments which prove them irre­triev­ably, shock­ing­ly, wrong. The order is most recent first. I have missed any, please advise.
The noise is like­ly to go on for awhile. In April or May, the Oxford Union is plan­ning to debate the motion: “This House Believes Britain Should Be Ashamed of Churchill.” If, that is, they get any tak­ers for the Nay side. Sev­er­al his­to­ri­ans have already refused.

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Assault of 15 March: Adri­ja Roy­chowd­hury, “An unpop­u­lar racist,” Indi­an Express (Prais­ing Mus­soli­ni, pre­fer­ring Nazis to Com­mu­nists, Ben­gal famine, poi­son gas.) Response by Richard Lang­worth in the Com­ments sec­tion (lim­it­ed to 1000 char­ac­ters and no links).


Assault of 10 March: Shashi Tha­roor, “Hol­ly­wood rewards a mass mur­der­er,” Wash­ing­ton Post. (Ben­gal famine, bomb­ing Irish pro­test­ers, poi­son gas, hat­ing Indi­ans.) Response by Soren Geiger, Hills­dale Col­lege Churchill Project, in The Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor.


Assault of 9 March: Shree Parad­kar, “Win­ston Churchill, the bar­bar­ic mon­ster,” Toron­to Star. (Ben­gal famine, Kenya, Greece, “Aryan stock” quote.) Response by Ter­ry Rear­don, Hills­dale Col­lege Churchill Project.


[4 March: Gary Old­man wins Acad­e­my Award for Best Actor.]


Assault of 2 March: “…The Castlerosse Affair,” Jour­nal of Con­tem­po­rary His­to­ry. (Writ­ten ver­sion of Churchill’s sup­posed affair with Doris Castlerosse.) Response by Richard Lang­worth, Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor.


Assault of 25 Feb­ru­ary: “Churchill’s Secret Affair,” UK Chan­nel 4. (Churchill cheat­ed on his wife in a four-year affair.) Response by Andrew Roberts, The Spec­ta­tor & Hills­dale Churchill Project.

Assault of 23 Feb­ru­ary: Tom Black­well, “Some won­der if he was more war crim­i­nal…” Nation­al Post. (Ben­gal famine, though in this one case the author does quote a few defend­ers.). Response on this web­site.


Assault of 23 Jan­u­ary: Louise Raw, “…Don’t for­get his prob­lem­at­ic past,” The Inde­pen­dent. (Kenya, Ben­gal Famine, Welsh strik­ers, hate for Indi­ans, Islam­o­pho­bia, etc.) Response on Facebook.

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Near­ly forty years ago an equal­ly great Churchill per­for­mance, Robert Hardy in The Wilder­ness Years,  was received with equal acclaim by press and pub­lic. There was no cho­rus of hate, no trumped-up charges, no hint that Churchill’s over­all record was in any way debat­able. Alas times have changed.


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