Friday, March 28, 2008

The Churchill Series - Mar. 27, 2008

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

Churchill quite often delayed leaving for the train station. Early in speaking out against communism and fascism, where trains were concerned he was a classic "last minute" traveler.

When he was a cabinet minister or PM, and later when out of office but "a great man," Churchill's delays didn't cause him any problems. Staff simply phoned ahead and the train was held. No need to race.

But when out of office, Churchill frequently had to race to catch a train. And often he lost.

Clementine once explained Churchill's "last minute" habit this way: "Winston's a sporting man. He likes to give the train a chance."
Tom Hickman, Churchill's Bodyguard. (p. 130)


mac said...

Last minute plans do have a way of keeping a potential assassin off-guard. I wonder if that was part of his motivation, too?

For heads of state, sometimes it's important not to be too predictable.