I have read that Churchill told his private secretary, Jock Colville, in November 1951 that his new government’s priorities were ‘houses, red meat and not getting scuppered.’ But I can’t find this in Colville’s Fringes of Power. Any thoughts?
It is quoted as you state it by Paul Addison in his outstanding book Churchill on the Home Front (London: Cape, 1992) 412, footnoted to Fringes of Power “diary for 22-23 March 1952.” But Prof. Addison had the verb wrong. What Churchill said was “not being scuppered.” As such it appears in Fringes page 644 (Hodder & Stoughton first US edition 1985). Martin Gilbert also has it on page 717 of his Volume 8, Winston S. Churchill, “Never Despair” 1945-1965 (London: Heinemann, 1988), 717.