Do you know where Churchill made this statement? “Here is a law which is above the King which even he must not break. This reaffirmation of a supreme law and its expression in a general charter is the great work of Magna Carta; and this alone justifies the respect in which men have held it.” —J.F.
Question: I was born in 1942 (Niagara Falls, New York). I have a sentimental curiosity over where Churchill was as his pocket watch second hand swept from 1941 to 1942. Do you know the circumstances on that New Year’s Eve? —E.C., Michigan, USA
Answer: Unexpectedly (because I don’t know many of his end-of-year pronouncements), I do. Don’t tell me you were born on January 1st. If you were, Churchill might have been hurtling past Niagara Falls virtually at the same time!
It was a key moment in his story, and in the history of World War II.…
An recent article declares: “Winston Churchill once described American diplomacy as ‘a bull who carries his own china shop around with him.’” Is this an accurate quote, and if so, in relation too what? —L.K., Texas
John Foster Dulles (1888-1959)
The expression is frequently repeated, but in regard to Eisenhower’s Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, not American diplomacy. But it does not track among Churchill’s 15 million published words (books, articles, speeches, papers), or 35 million about him. The phrase “china shop” comes up 22 times, virtually all of them remarks by others about Churchill….…