“Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues, freebooters; all Indian leaders will be of low calibre & men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles.”
The statement above is attributed to Churchill. I cannot find it, as a speech or in a book. Although it is widely and increasingly quoted in the Indian press and, given what is happening, he seems to have been prophetic! —K.P., India
I searched for this line, and isolated key word combinations (rascals, etc.), without success.…
A reader asks what Winston Churchill was doing on 24 January 1907.
Governor Sir Alexander Swettenham and U.S. Admiral Davis (Illustrated London News, 1907)
Churchill was at the Colonial Office, London, dealing with an upcoming Colonial conference, and a diplomatic kerfuffle. The Governor of Jamaica, Sir James Alexander Swettenham, had churlishly demanded that the crew of an American warship, landed in Kingston to lend humanitarian assistance after a serious earthquake, retire to their ship, suggesting that the Americans’ action was like a visiting “British admiral landing an armed party to support the New York police.”
On January 24th Churchill advised King Edward VII that, acting on a telegram from Lord Elgin, the Colonial Secretary (who was in Scotland), Swettenham had been rebuked and ordered to apologize to the Americans.…