Tag: Randolph Churchill

Churchill, Troops & Strikers (1)

Churchill, Troops & Strikers (1)

This is a time when we often ques­tion the actions of police forces. In Amer­i­ca, gov­er­nors occa­sion­al­ly call in the Nation­al Guard dur­ing riotous protests. Local res­i­dents are always the main vic­tims of such events. Churchill’s expe­ri­ence with strik­ers is wor­thy of study, his mag­na­nim­i­ty wor­thy of reflec­tion.

Did WSC Send Troops Against Strikers?

For a cen­tu­ry it has been part of social­ist demonolo­gy that Churchill sent troops to attack strik­ers dur­ing a 1910 min­ers’ work stop­page in Tony­pandy, Wales. In 1967 an Oxford under­grad­u­ate wrote that Churchill faced down strik­ers with tanks. This was very pre­scient of him, since tanks didn’t exist in 1910.…

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Sir Martin Gilbert CBE, 1936-2015 (2)

Sir Martin Gilbert CBE, 1936-2015 (2)

“Rose-lipt Maid­ens, Light­foot Lads” 

con­tin­ued from part 1

“Stop that!” Seat­ed beside him at his first appear­ance before the Churchill Society—the sec­ond Churchill Tour on 17 Sep­tem­ber 1985—I had caught Mar­tin Gilbert rif­fling through a brief­case crammed with sheets of yel­low foolscap, toss­ing some out as the min­utes ticked by before his lec­ture, “Churchill’s Lon­don: Spin­ning Top of Mem­o­ries.”

It was the first time I would hear a Gilbert speech, and here he was, culling it already. “This is my ‘Speech Form,’” he explained, refer­ring to the term Churchill used for his speak­ing notes. Unlike Churchill, whose typed speech notes includ­ed every word, the lines picked out like vers­es of the Psalms, Martin’s sheets each con­tained only a few hand­writ­ten words.…

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“Fauxcahontas.” Elizabeth Warren & Randolph Churchill: “Race: Human”

“Fauxcahontas.” Elizabeth Warren & Randolph Churchill: “Race: Human”

A col­league for­wards Mark Steyn’s hilar­i­ous rant on Eliz­a­beth War­ren, the Mass­a­chu­setts politi­cian who passed her­self off as a native Amer­i­can (because she has “high cheek­bones”) in order get invit­ed to lunch (and not, under­stand, for any career advan­tage).

“A friend got his son into a bet­ter pub­lic school by say­ing he was a native Amer­i­can,” my col­league writes. “Unfor­tu­nate­ly they didn’t tell the kid, so he was quite bewil­dered when the prin­ci­pal approached him one day about an after-school meet­ing for those inter­est­ed in Indi­ans. He also told me that this city you can change your racial iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, but only once.”

Dur­ing a recent encounter with the med­ical world I was hand­ed one of those ques­tion­naires with the inevitable ques­tion “Race.” I checked, “Oth­er” and then wrote in “Human,” hop­ing for a repercussion—but alas no one noticed.…

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