(Or: “Churchillian Drift,” Part 1,398….)Sheriff Court, 1908: voters acclaim Churchill’s election as Liberal Member of Parliament for Dundee. (Illustrated London News)
On the eve of the British General Election, Metro UK declares: “Winston Churchill said the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
This is alas a reappearance of an ever-popular red-herring quote that Churchill never said.
Churchill had thoughtful critiques of democracy. See in particular his essay on “Mass Effects in Modern Life” in his book, Thoughts and Adventures. But he also had more respect for the average voter than this non-quote suggests.…