The English-Speaking Union posed a question which illustrates the problem of secondhand quotes. That is, something Churchill said which is not in his published canon. The quote is: “If you can speak in this country [Britain], you can do anything.” It was a concise celebration of the British right to free speech. The ESU has it on their website. But is it verifiable?
In 1966, the ESU Philadelphia Branch hosted an exhibit of my Churchill biographical stamp collection at the Philadelphia National Bank. It was the first public appearance of whatever limited Churchill knowledge I then had, my “awakening” as a Churchillian.…
10 May 2010: Toronto. Annual Dinner, International Churchill Society of Canada.
11 September 2009: Churchill For Today: “Shall We All Commit Suicide?” and Churchill’s other futurist essays: panelist and moderator. 26th International Churchill Conference, Westin St. Francis Hotel.
7 May 2009, Boston: English-Speaking Union and New England Churchillians, Union Club, 6PM.
3 May 2009, Detroit: Winston Churchill Society of Michigan, Dearborn Inn, 5:30PM.
2 May 2009, Chicago: Churchill Friends of Greater Chicago, Fairmont Hotel, 6PM.
30 November 2008, Dallas: “Churchill by Himself.” North Texas Churchllians, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. Presentation and book signing.
30 November 2007, Boston: “Churchill and Ireland: Notable Pronouncements on Ireland, 1901-1948.” New…