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Mr. Ivison: May we proclaim Trump no Churchill without slurring the latter?

Mr. Ivison: May we proclaim Trump no Churchill without slurring the latter?

Mr. Ivison is right. And wrong.

John Ivi­son in Canada’s Nation­al Post makes the point: “Don­ald Trump is no Win­ston Churchill, and the com­par­i­son is ludi­crous.” He refers to a June 3rd state­ment by the President’s press sec­re­tary, Kayleigh McE­nany. (She com­pared Trump’s appear­ance at St. John’s Epis­co­pal Church across from the White House to Churchill vis­it­ing the blitzed East End in 1940.)

I think from a pure­ly his­tor­i­cal point of view we can all agree with him. In 1940, Churchill wrote, “There was a white glow, over-pow­er­ing, sub­lime, which ran through our Island from end to end.”…

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Churchill Memories of the Mount Washington and Bretton Woods

Churchill Memories of the Mount Washington and Bretton Woods

Read­ers react­ed kind­ly to my essay on Alis­tair Cooke. I ven­ture to add some pri­vate Churchillian moments at the Mount Wash­ing­ton Hotel at Bret­ton Woods. I sent these to still-liv­ing par­tic­i­pants, who urged I pub­lish them—with strate­gic edits to pro­tect the inno­cent.

“I’ve been using microphones before you were born”

Com­man­der Lar­ry Kryske USN was our toast­mas­ter for the 1988 Mount Wash­ing­ton Churchill din­ners. I remem­ber par­tic­u­lar­ly his naval dec­la­ra­tion after din­ner: “The smok­ing lamp is light­ed.” (How odd that sounds now! In my expe­ri­ence, group smok­ing stopped almost dead around 1990.) Lar­ry sends this amus­ing mem­o­ry of that night, 27 August:

Dur­ing his address, Sir Alis­tair appeared to be hav­ing trou­ble with the mic.…

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Margaret Thatcher 1923-2013: A Remembrance

Margaret Thatcher 1923-2013: A Remembrance

Excerpt­ed from a trib­ute in Finest Hour, Sum­mer 2013.

Every­one has read of Lady Thatcher’s career. Every­one depend­ing on their pol­i­tics will have their own vision of her. It is left to say here what she meant to the mem­o­ry of Win­ston Churchill, who she revered more than any pre­mier who held office between them.

Mar­garet Thatch­er was named an hon­orary mem­ber of the Inter­na­tion­al Churchill Soci­ety short­ly after she resigned as prime min­is­ter in Novem­ber 1990, not with­out con­cern. She had always been con­tro­ver­sial. Some of our direc­tors thought politi­cians are best tak­en aboard in pairs, one from each side, like Noah’s Ark.…

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