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Why Didn’t They Listen to Churchill?: Alistair Cooke’s Take

Why Didn’t They Listen to Churchill?: Alistair Cooke’s Take

Back in the 1930’s, who all denounced and crit­i­cized Churchill for his beliefs in the rad­i­cal Nazi Ger­many? Who specif­i­cal­ly mocked him? Obvi­ous­ly Churchill was right about Hitler and his plans but who in the polit­i­cal, intel­lec­tu­al, or enter­tain­ment are­nas vil­i­fied him? —A.H.

The answer to your ques­tion, I think, is “just about every­body,” from the Roy­al Fam­i­ly to ordi­nary cit­i­zens, most of the media, his own par­ty, the Labour and Lib­er­al par­ties, and cer­tain­ly most intel­lec­tu­als and enter­tain­ment per­son­al­i­ties.

The chief rea­son was World War I, which had mas­sa­cred a gen­er­a­tion, and was still so near in mem­o­ry that no one wished to con­tem­plate anoth­er war.…

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