With his restless temperament, wide political responsibilities, and thirst for victory, Winston Churchill did not hesitate to prod and push the Royal Navy’s admirals during the Second World War. A study of Churchill’s relationship with six of the senior naval leaders is considered in the article “Pester, Nag, and Bite! Churchill and the British Admirals of the Second World War” by the author of this blog and published in the most recent issue of the Finest Hour: The Journal of Winston Churchill and His Times (Summer 2017; No. 177). The journal’s web site is here.
The August issue of the Churchill Bulletin: The Newsletter of Winston Churchill has been released. It includes articles on the schedule for the 34th International Churchill Conference, a review of the film Dunkirk, an obituary for the actor Robert Hardy, a review of Winston Churchill, Myth and Reality: What He Actually Did and Said, and Churchill Collectables: King George V Coronation Parade Ticket. The newsletter is available here.
On August 20, 1930, Winston Churchill “sharply criticized” the Labour government’s policy on India and Egypt in a speech at Cleve Court, the residence of Lord Carson at Minster, Thanet. He charged the government had demonstrated “weakness and incapacity” in both the handling of the recent outbreak of hostilities on the Northwest Frontier as well as in its approach to Gandhi and India’s constitutional problem. He likewise declared himself “unhappy” with its Egyptian policy where the government “was eager to scuttle out of Egypt and to withdraw our troops in Cairo, where they had preserved order and made progress possible for 50 years.” With a general election upcoming, Churchill concluded his speech by saying that after the Conservative Party had driven the “wretched Socialist Government” from office, “confidence will be restored in Britain and spread from Britain round the world. Industry will be stimulated by a tariff. Agriculture will be aided by a guarantee. The dole will be purged of abuses and imposture; and we shall bear our part in a general revival of national and imperial strength.”
In 1970 a life-size bronze statue of Winston Churchill by the sculptor Oscar Nemon was unveiled outside the House of Commons chamber. Having first met Nemon in Morocco in 1951, Churchill regularly sat for the sculptor after he had returned as prime minister. The BBC program Westminster Hour has a report on the life of Oscar Nemon. The report is available here.