"The British Empire and the United States will have to be somewhat mixed up together in some of their affairs for mutual and general advantage. For my own part, looking out upon the future, I do not view the process with any misgivings. I could not stop it if I wished; no one can stop it. Like the Mississippi, it just keeps rolling along. Let it roll. Let it roll on full flood, inexorable, irresistible, benignant, to broader lands and better days."
(Updated from 2016). Home to Secretaries of State for War Lord Haldane, Lord Kitchener, David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill, it was a key venue in two global conflicts. But in 2016 the old War Office building was sold to developers of a five-star hotel and residential apartments. That work is expected to finish in 2022, and residents are being sought.
Built in 1906 for £1.2, million, the Grade II-listed property changed hands for £300 million. The buyers were the Hinduja Group, in partnership with a Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD), a Spanish industrial company.…
What we have here is a rough capsule history of the war, along with several clangers and exaggerations. But in the main this account is, as Churchill once said about Britain and the Axis ganging up against Russia: “Too easy to be good.”