Tag: King George V

Churchill, Troops & Strikers (1)

Churchill, Troops & Strikers (1)

Did Churchill Send Troops Against Strik­ers? “Guilty with an Expla­na­tion”

In a time when the actions of police forces are ques­tioned, when the Nation­al Guard is some­times deployed dur­ing riotous protests in which local res­i­dents are the main vic­tims, Churchill’s expe­ri­ence with strik­ers is wor­thy of study, his mag­na­nim­i­ty wor­thy of reflec­tion.

“The sullen feet of march­ing men in Tony­pandy….” Prime Min­is­ter Harold Wil­son on Churchill’s death, 1965. (Wiki­me­dia)

For a cen­tu­ry it has been part of social­ist demonolo­gy that Churchill sent troops to quell a 1910 min­ers’ strike in Tony­pandy, Wales. In 1967 an Oxford under­grad­u­ate wrote that Churchill had actu­al­ly accom­pa­nied the sol­diers with tanks, which was very pre­scient of him, since they had yet to be invent­ed.…

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“Rats in a Hole”: Churchill’s Apology

“Rats in a Hole”: Churchill’s Apology

Imag­ine if the Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States declared, “We will dig out ter­ror­ists ‘like rats in a hole.” Many would applaud and think maybe they had mis­judged him. Or would they?

A col­league sends an exchange in the House of Com­mons on 7 March 1916. “Colonel Churchill,” recent­ly returned from the Front but still a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, was speak­ing about the naval war with Ger­many. British naval plan­ners must pro­vide, Churchill was say­ing,

against what will be a con­tin­u­al­ly increas­ing ele­ment of the unknown. I must also just point out anoth­er argu­ment which shows that, great as were the anx­i­eties with which we were faced in the first four months of the War, they have not by any means been removed, or, indeed, sen­si­bly dimin­ished by the course of events.…

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