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In the latest issue of the Radio Times, the broadcaster Jeremy Paxman claims that Winston Churchill would have been unelectable in modern British politics. He writes in the magazine that “Any rounded assessment of Winston Churchill’s life has to acknowledge that he was a ruthless egotist, a chancer, and a charlatan at times. Would he be electable now? I fear not.” Paxman, who is hosting a BBC documentary on the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s state funeral, speculates that the wartime prime minister would have been “suffocated by the spinning and posturing that pass for politics today.” Churchill’s granddaughter Emma Soames and his great-grandson Randolph Churchill, among others, have been quick to dispute Paxman’s charges in articles on the Radio Times website and in the Daily Telegraph respectively.

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