EU Enough! In debates about the EU (European Union), and Britain’s June 2016 referendum opting to leave, much misinformation was circulated on whether Churchill would be for “Brexit” or “Remain.” The fact is, we don’t know, since no one can ask him.
Prominently quoted in this context is a remark Churchill made to de Gaulle—at least according to de Gaulle—in Unity, his 1942-44 war memoirs: “…each time we must choose between Europe and the open sea, we shall always choose the open sea.”
A colleague asks: “How many speeches did Churchill make, and in how many words? Also, how many words did he write in his books and articles?
Speeches: To be precise you’d have to count (I won’t!) the speeches listed in the Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches 1897-1963. Rough estimate: there are forty speeches per page of contents, about eight pages per volume and eight volumes—so, at a guess, 2500 speeches. But the Complete Speeches are not quite complete—try to find his famous Durban speech after escaping from the Boers in 1899, for example—and some are only excerpts—as from his lecture tours of North America.…