Tag: Ramsay MacDonald

Roosevelt and Churchill: Don Quixote and Sancho Panza?

Roosevelt and Churchill: Don Quixote and Sancho Panza?

A col­league asks whether Win­ston and Clemen­tine Churchill’s pri­vate name for  Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt was “Don Quixote.” Also, who com­pared Roo­sevelt and Churchill to Don Quixote and San­cho Pan­za? This offers an inter­est­ing troll through the sources.

So far as I can learn, the Quixote – Pan­za anal­o­gy for Roo­sevelt and Churchill (also FDR and his devot­ed advis­er Har­ry Hop­kins) occurred only dur­ing the 1943 Casablan­ca Con­fer­ence (SYMBOL). Roo­sevelt pro­posed those code names, and I rather think Churchill had dif­fer­ent image of them than FDR. (Oxford Eng­lish Dic­tio­nary: “Quixote: Enthu­si­as­tic vision­ary, pur­suer of lofty but imprac­ti­ca­ble ideals.”) Of course we can’t be sure.…

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“Boneless Wonder” vs. “Dodgy Dave”

“Boneless Wonder” vs. “Dodgy Dave”

A col­league asks: “Why was Win­ston Churchill able to get away with call­ing Prime Min­is­ter Ram­say Mac­Don­ald the “Bone­less Won­der,” where­as a Labour MP was sent home by the Speak­er last week for call­ing Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron “Dodgy Dave”?

Good ques­tion! Ah for the likes of Ques­tion Time in the U.S. Con­gress, where Pres­i­dent Trump or Madam Pres­i­dent Clin­ton gets to be grilled with all the famous gus­to of the House of Com­mons.

Dodgy: 11 April 2016  Mr. Skin­ner fires all bar­rels at Mr. Cameron.

Eighty-four-year-old Den­nis Skin­ner (Lab., Bolsover) was eject­ed from the House of Com­mons by the Speak­er, John Bercow, for refus­ing to with­draw, and in fact repeat­ing, the term “Dodgy Dave” with respect to David Cameron.…

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Churchill on Jargon: The Language as We Murder It

Churchill on Jargon: The Language as We Murder It

A friend sends a let­ter from a firm of “plan­ners” to his home­own­ers asso­ci­a­tion, rec­om­mend­ing its ser­vices and thoughts on assist­ing the association—so wool­ly a doc­u­ment that he won­dered what Churchill would make of it.

The let­ter con­tains phras­es such as: “The com­mit­tee should be tasked with the plan­ning and com­ple­tion of an inclu­sive and pro­duc­tive process….” And: “…gen­er­al under­stand­ing that will then offer guid­ance for the imple­men­ta­tion com­mit­tee…” And: “…an out­ward and hon­est mar­ket­ing posi­tion that will help it to achieve its goals…”

(“Tasked,” of course, is one of those nouns con­vert­ed to a verb by Mod­ern Newspeak.…

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