Tag: Paul Addison

Motor On: Churchill Thwarted (Or: For Once, the Authorities Prevailed)

Motor On: Churchill Thwarted (Or: For Once, the Authorities Prevailed)

The dis­tin­guished his­to­ri­an Paul Addi­son sends along a minor but amus­ing tale of a Churchill motor car (prob­a­bly his new Napi­er). Churchill didn’t get his way, because he him­self wasn’t behind the wheel. Had he been dri­ving, he would like­ly have pro­ceed­ed to get round the obstruc­tion by dri­ving on the pave­ment (side­walk).  This per­ilous endeav­or was wit­nessed first­hand lat­er on by WSC’s body­guard, Detec­tive-Inspec­tor Wal­ter Thomp­son.

Turned Back: The Home Secretary and his Motor

Dai­ly Her­ald, 10 April 1911— Mr. Win­stonChurchill had a curi­ous expe­ri­ence on Sat­ur­day while motor­ing to Banstead.…

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Announcing “Winston Churchill, Myth and Reality”

Announcing “Winston Churchill, Myth and Reality”

Win­ston Churchill, Myth and Real­i­ty: What He Actu­al­ly Did and Said is now avail­able in paper­back and Kin­dle for­mats from Ama­zon.  Excerpts from my remarks the Hills­dale Col­lege Churchill Con­fer­ence, 20 Feb­ru­ary 2017. Videos are online for all pre­sen­ta­tions.

Myth and Reality

Not a day pass­es when Win­ston Churchill, who proved indis­pens­able when lib­er­ty hung in the bal­ance, is not accused of some­thing dread­ful. Charges range from alco­holism and racism to misog­y­ny and war­mon­ger­ing. Fre­quent­ly there is no doc­u­men­ta­tion, only par­tial quotes select­ed to advance pre­con­ceived notions and canards. Win­ston Churchill: Myth and Real­i­ty, con­fronts this busy indus­try.…

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Churchill, Troops and Strikers (2)

Churchill, Troops and Strikers (2)

Con­clud­ed from Part 1

“Guilty with an Expla­na­tion”

Through­out the August 1911 rail­way strike, troops had orders to stand by and act only if pub­lic secu­ri­ty was endan­gered by the strik­ers. But there was anoth­er rea­son why anx­i­ety ran high at that time. A few weeks ear­li­er, the Ger­mans had sent a gun­boat to Agadir, French Moroc­co, and rumors of war with Ger­many were ram­pant. David Lloyd George said the Agadir Cri­sis was a threat to peace, that the Ger­mans “would not hes­i­tate to use the paral­y­sis into which the coun­try was falling in order to attack Britain.” Paul Addi­son, in Churchill on the Home Front, described the pub­lic mood:

The unprece­dent­ed chal­lenge of a simul­ta­ne­ous nation­al stop­page by all four rail­way unions con­vinced respectable opin­ion that the world was about to be turned upside down….Churchill’s own appre­hen­sions were con­nect­ed, appar­ent­ly with fear of sub­ver­sion in Germany….He was also informed by Guy Granet, the gen­er­al man­ag­er of the Mid­land Rail­ways, of alle­ga­tions that labour lead­ers were receiv­ing pay­ments from a Ger­man agent….Conservatives applaud­ed him for tak­ing deci­sive action.…

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