Why can’t Britain handle the truth about Winston Churchill?

Nothing, it seems, can be allowed to tarnish the national myth – as I found when hosting a Cambridge debate about his murkier side


Guardian: A baleful silence attends one of the most talked-about figures in British history. You may enthuse endlessly about Winston Churchill “single-handedly” defeating Hitler. But mention his views on race or his colonial policies, and you’ll be instantly drowned in ferocious and orchestrated vitriol.

In a sea of fawningly reverential Churchill biographies, hardly any books seriously examine his documented racism. Nothing, it seems, can be allowed to complicate, let alone tarnish, the national myth of a flawless hero: an idol who “saved our civilisation”, as Boris Johnson claims, or “humanity as a whole”, as David Cameron did. Make an uncomfortable observation about his views on white supremacy and the likes of Piers Morgan will ask: “Why do you live in this country?

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  1. No doubt in my mind that Churchill was one of the most vicious and distasteful characters of the 20C. Having said that, his rise to power was a great relief to my parents, he was better than Chamberlain and Vansittart! I agree with all the bad things said about him in the other posts, but I would also add that he should also be remembered for ‘Operation Unthinkable’, for his failure to pass on knowledge of penicillin to the USSR, although he had signed an agreement with them to exchange any information which might help the War Effort, for his gassing of Iraqi villages to ‘pacify’ them in the inter-war years and for his almost successful sabotage of the “Battle of Britain” when he sent a squadron of Spitfires to France (to get shot down almost at once) without telling Dowding and against his passionate plea not so to do!

  2. He should also be remembered for his betrayal of the partisans in Italy and France in the last days of the war and his betrayal of the Greek partisans after the war. Just what a treacherous sod he was, is best exemplified by his plan (Operation Unthinkable) to link up with and to cooperate with the last of the NAZI forces to defeat the Russians. This was never tried, only because his generals told him the forces would not wear it. He effectively handed over Britain to the US. See also: http://www.defenddemocracy.press/wipe-the-soviet-union-off-the-map-204-atomic-bombs-against-66-major-cities-us-nuclear-attack-against-ussr-planned-during-world-war-ii/ and this: https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Operation_Unthinkable

  3. Yes, the drunken pawn of the “internationalists” was especially effective in firebombing German cities full of women, children and other non-combatants, killing hundreds of thousands, maybe over a half a million. See “Hellstorm” (book or video), also David Irving’s “The Destruction of Dresden” and “Churchill’s War.”

  4. Churchill is a War Criminal, He stated in S. Africa, against the Boers before WWI and continued his murderous Crimes Against Humanity, during WWII, what He done against the German Civilians in Dresden, Leipzig, carpet bombings for days 24/7, and don’t forget East Pakistan, where almost 2 million were starved to death, after WWII! He is right up there with, Stalin and Mao!

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