Note: The Winston Week, is an attempt by me to provide comment and the 3-5 best thoughts and links which I have come across during the week. I am an unabashed Churchillian, but will try and keep to the facts. Many times facts are hard to swallow, but in the end provide nourishment for the soul.
With the increasing vitriol cast upon the man who saved democracy. There are a new uneducated revisionist millennium generation and a vile press who continue to push the idea that today’s political correctness and foundationless standards should be cast upon those of history and thus judged by them.
There is no doubt that I am a dedicated Churchillian, but I also consider myself a person of keen perception, the holder of some common sense and a person who has made their fair share of mistakes while being battered and bruised by corporate America. I fully believe that understanding the errors and victories of the past, builds the foundation for a better future.
This past week we find Churchill under attack, by John McDonnell, a Briitish Member of Parliament and a Marxist sympathizer, who called Churchill a ‘villain’ over the way he handled the coal miners strike as Home Secretary in 1910. Twenty-five thousand workers went on strike. Major rioting broke out on November 7th and 8th. Sixty-Three shops were looted and nearly destroyed. Although local law enforcement asked for military assistance, Churchill held back the request for the military and sent Metropolitan police instead. .” In some cases the police held back the rioters with rolled up raincoats.* The Manchester Guardian praised Churchill for keeping the military out of it, stating that the decision “saved many lives.”
Mr. McDonnell continues to propel the Labor party myth that Churchill was personally responsible for brutally suppressing the innocent workers with military force.* The facts do not bear this out.
Churchill has a distinguished record of social reform while in parliament as a liberal and a conservative. Still, he is a villain according to Mr. McDonnell.
The recent surge in the popularity of Sir Winston Churchill makes him an easy target of the left. Heroes are no longer fashionable. The attempt to cover the great deeds of the past only because someone or some group becomes offended by the truth will continue to divide all of us.
One may not agree with all that Churchill did, but he led from his heart and for the love of country and empire. He was the defender of freedom. In an age where some say there are no heroes, I believe that those naysayers don’t know where to look.
Until next week.
Andrew Roberts: Churchill – Walking With Destiny – Viking – B367eginning on page 143.
Randolph Churchill : Winston S Churchill, Volume II, Young Statesman, 1901-1914 – Hillsdale College Press – Beginning on page 367
Here are a few links to last week’s social media, personal posts, articles and such.
From The Churchill Bulletin:
Many foolish things are being said about Winston Churchill by contemporary politicians these days. Labour leader Clement Attlee, who served as Deputy Prime Minister under Churchill during the war, wrote this in his memoirs: “I have often paid my tribute to Churchill’s great leadership. Undoubtedly the hour found the man, and the man found his hour.”
Forbes – 5 Best Speech Practices
How Churchill Love of the Jews Helped Him See the Nazi Threat