Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Churchill Series - Dec. 18, 2007

(One of a series of weekday posts on the life of Winston S. Churchill.)

As you read this post I know you'll smile. I also wonder how many of you will recognize it and tell yourselves: "John posted this back in Oct. 2006. I bet he's reposting it because he's worked today on the latest Duke lacrosse suit filing, and hasn't had time to do the series post he'd planned."

If that's what you're telling yourselves, you're right.

Thanks for your understanding.

Now, on with the post.

The barbs went back and forth during Churchill’s public life. Remember this well known one he tossed at Labour Party leader, Clement Attlee: “A very humble man with much to be humble about?"

Here are a few less known ones:

Of Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald he said: "He has the gift of compressing the largest number of words into the smallest amount of thought."

About Lawrence of Arabia: "He had the art of backing uneasily into the limelight"?

Churchill often got as good as he gave.

About Churchill's history of the First World War a political opponent, Sir Samual Hoare, said: "Winston's written an enormous book all about himself and called it "The World Crisis."

I hope you’re back tomorrow.


The Attlee quote is from memory. The other three are found here at the Churchill Centre


Chicago said...

John, Can't wait to get your take on the filing by the three unindicted players yesterday. It is time for Brodhead to resign IMO.

Ralph Phelan said...

Chicago - based on the filing, why should Brodhead resign? He was doing exactly what his employers, the Duke board of trustees, wanted him to do. He wasn't a Nifong figure - that would be Steel. Brodhead was more of a Linwood Wilson.

Duke needs a whole new BOT - but how the heck will that ever be brought about?