Saturday, January 07, 2012

Quote Of The Day

BBC history magazine asks historians to name over rated figures from the past:

Churchill was chosen by the historian and former BBC journalist Christopher Lee, not on the basis of a wartime record which has already seen him chosen as Britain's most celebrated hero, but because of his ministerial and political failings much earlier in his career.
Quite a few of his Tory colleagues might have concurred with Lee's view of Churchill's hopeless judgment and over-zealous use of the military, at least right up until the summer of 1940. "If it had not been for the fact that he led Britain to victory in the second world war we would have scant memory of [him]," Lee reckons.

Well true.

One of them should have nominated Muhammed, just for the laughs as the BBC go into panic mode.


Mr Grumpy said...

Not too many laughs for the nominator though, unless he was fed up with both his career and his current identity.

Anonymous said...

Churchill is obviously wrong as he is:-
a smoker.
a drinker.
a man.
almost american.
and had political attitudes.

Matthew said...

I would put myself in the 'fan' camp, if that term is not disrespectful, but I was only thinking a few weeks ago how in the last five or perhaps ten years Churchill coverage has got a bit unbalanced. I think it might be related to the number of people who remember him directly is now so small.

Ross said...

That's probably true.

Most fair minded people would probably accept that much of his earlier career- Gallipoli, opposition to Indian independence was a failure.

And even in WW2 he made a lot of misjudgments- invading Italy, Singapore, Norway....

Still it's hard to imagine Chamberlain or Halifax refusing to sue for peace after the fall of France.