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“Rascals, etc….”: Churchill & India

“Rascals, etc….”: Churchill & India

“Rascals, Rogues and Freebooters”

“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.…

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January 24th, 1907

January 24th, 1907

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.…

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