Over the years I’ve made it quite clear how I feel about the man who was voted THE GREATEST EVER BRITON back in 2002. With the emergence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the questioning of Britain’s history and how that history is taught it seems like a great opportunity for me to have my say. By all means feel free to respond with your thoughts as I do like a healthy debate.
Sir Winston is definitely what can be called a divisive character. Was he as great as people make out or is his popularity boosted by the tidal wave of jingoism that courses through our society? The biggest argument in his favour is that he was the figurehead that destroyed Hitler and won us the war. I’m sure that the 20 million Russians that lost their lives on the front line may disagree on who actually !won the war”. Hitler’s obsession with Stalin played a massive part in his downfall and the help of the Russian army along with the Americans is somewhat overlooked by our “patriots” who tend to whitewash history to suit.
Logic of the moron dictates that because I dislike Winston I must like Adolf. Absolutely not. Just as I despise Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and all his minions I despise grooming gangs too (although why Yaxley-Lennon is synonymous with grooming gangs I don’t know. He hasn’t uncovered any wrong doings, just illegally reported on them to fuel his own personal hate campaign and to get his morons to part with yet more cash to fund his lavish lifestyle). Anyway I digress. Dislike of both Winston and Adolf is OK. I’m glad Hitler’s brand of fascism was destroyed but unlike many of you reading this I can’t champion someone who’s rap sheet is just as vulgar as his nemesis.
Now I don’t profess to be academically great on world history and politics but I’ve read enough to know a bit and the evidence is pretty damning. Was he a racist? Here’s a few snippets of his past that may offer some help in making your mind up (these quotes are easily fact checked via Google):- This is what he told the Palestine Royal Commission in 1937: “I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”
He also believed in racial hierarchies and eugenics. In the biography, Churchill: The End of Glory written by John Charmley the author says:- In Churchill’s view, white protestant Christians were at the top, above white Catholics, while Indians were higher than Africans, he adds. “Churchill saw himself and Britain as being the winners in a social Darwinian hierarchy.” – defenders of Churchill have mitigated that his thought process was deemed to be OK as it was the language of the time.
The Bengal famine of 1943 is the major blot on the character of Churchill. Bengal was still under the rule of the British Empire and Churchill’s hatred of Indians led between 1.2 and 4 million to starve to death under his watch. He is quoted as saying “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion” and when they came to him for food he refused. He ordered them to continue to export rice and his War Cabinet ordered the build-up of a stockpile of wheat for feeding European civilians once they had been liberated.
One of the ironic things about the working class heroes heading off to London to protect Winston’s statue is he hated the working class. During the TONYPANDY riots of 1910/11 he said of the striking miners:- If the Welsh are striking over hunger, then we must fill their bellies with lead” and promptly sent in the military. The picture on the right is from 2007. 13 years ago. So why is it only only now the people want to defend his honour? #BlackLivesMatter perchance?
A few other damning quotes:-
Whilst not directly a Churchill quote it was written by Harold McMillan in his diary dated 20th January 1955:- Cabinet meeting “The PM thinks ‘Keep England White’ a good campaign slogan!”
“I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” – In conversation with Leo Amery, Britain’s Secretary of State for India, 1942.
From his speech at the University of Michigan, 1902 – “The Aryan stock is bound to triumph.”
A statement he made in 1919 when he was president of the Air Council (government body managing the Royal Air Force “I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes.”
So there you have it. A few words on why I dislike Sir Winston Churchill.
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