In rising crescendo since 2015 we’ve put up with a lot. Well, yes, some admit, Churchill saved the West—but he was human and he made mistakes (duh!). Why, he even said things that would shock us in our modern enlightened age. This age of beheadings, massacres, drone strikes and chlorine gas attacks is so removed from the bad old days of Pax Britannica.…
“Very often the eagles have been squalled down by the parrots.” —Churchill, House of Commons, 18 January 1945
“Winston’s Bag: He hunts lions and brings back cats.” David Low in The Star, London, 21 January 1920.
Some seasoned students of the man were of two minds about the January 2015 Winston Churchill death celebrations: gratified that people still remember; shock at the ill-considered assertions.
“Woodcarvings: A Streuthsayer or Prophet of Doom,” Punch, 12Sep34.
Mr. Daniel Knowles (“Time to scotch the myth of Winston Churchill’s infallibility,” (originally blogged on the Daily Telegraph but since pulled from all the websites where it appeared), wrote that the “national myth” of World War II and Churchill “is being used in an argument about the future of the House of Lords.”
Mr. Knowles quoted Liberal Party leader Nick Clegg, who cited Churchill’s 1910 hope that the Lords “would be fair to all parties.” Sir Winston’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames MP, replied that Churchill “dropped those views and had great reverence and respect for the institution of the House of Lords.” Soames concluded: “But it doesn’t matter.…