Immigration in Italy: here.
Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister and otherwise influential in British empire politics in the first half of the twentieth century, is in many accounts depicted as a sort of saint.
Even Churchill’s critics will have to admit that, in times when many of Churchill’s Conservative party colleagues, the tendencies more interested in the British overseas empire than in continental Europe, ‘appeased‘ Hitler, Churchill did not.
Contrary to leading French politicians who became Hitler’s junior partners in the Vichy regime. Contrary to Rightist politicians in other European countries, and, eg, in Finland even Social Democratic leaders, who behaved similarly. Churchill in this was rather somewhat similar to his often foe, and 1941-1945 ally, Stalin, who might have surrendered with the Wehrmacht almost in Moscow and Leningrad, but did not.
However, like with Stalin, his opposition to the criminal Third Reich should not blind us to Churchill’s darker sides.
Churchill’s support for British colonialism led him to advocate using poison gas against Iraqi rebels against British colonial rule. His writings in the 1920s and the 1930s contain anti-Semitism.
And British weekly The Observer writes today:
Sir Winston Churchill expressed alarm about an influx of ‘coloured people’ in Fifties’ Britain and looked for a chance to restore punishment by flogging, newly released cabinet papers from the national archive reveal.
On 3 February 1954, under the agenda item ‘Coloured Workers’, Churchill is quoted, with abbreviations, by Cabinet Secretary Sir Norman Brook as saying: ‘Problems wh. will arise if many coloured people settle here. Are we to saddle ourselves with colour problems in UK? Attracted by Welfare State. Public opinion in UK won’t tolerate it once it gets beyond certain limits.’
Clearly, another blemish on Churchill’s record. If he did not want ‘coloured people’ in Britain, then he should have considered that these people came to Britain because violent invading British soldiers had come to their countries first.
Winston Churchill’s shocking use of chemical weapons: here.
Appeasement of Hitler by 1930s British Conservatives: here.
Solzhenitsyn and the right: here.
Wartime talks between Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin were proving awkward until a drinking session lasting until 3am, newly released files show: here.
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