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Churchill in the News
1. OLIVER CROMWELL 1599-1658 -Oliver Cromwell is an example to all backbenchers. He sat, listened, learned, biding his time.
2. WILLIAM COBBETT 1763-1835 - William Cobbett so loathed the Establishment that he called it 'The Thing'.
3. TAM DALYELL b 1932 - Ministers lived in dread of Tam Dalyell standing at the end of their long-winded spiels and asking: 'Why?'
4. GWYNETH DUNWOODY 1930-2008 - Although she died in 2008, Gwyneth Dunwoody had by then put the whips in their place.
5. LEO ABSE 1917-2008 - Welsh lawyer Leo Abse used the security of a safe Labour seat to push the state towards loosening laws on divorce and gay rights.
6. SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL 1874-1965 - It was from the Commons backbenches that Winston Churchill spoke up about the German threat in the Thirties. He warned the country that Hitler was not a man to be bought off by the policies of appeasement.
7. NANCY ASTOR 1879-1964 - Nancy Astor, the first woman to take her seat in the Commons, had a genuine connection with her constituents, once giving the diamond ring from her finger to a Plymouth woman after a German bombing raid.
8. DOUGLAS CARSWELL b 1971 - Douglas Carswell has made enough of a nuisance of himself to ensure he will never become a Tory frontbencher.
9. STEPHEN POUND b 1971 - Stephen Pound is mischief on two legs, offering a ceaseless commentary on the antics of ministers.
10. DAVID DAVIS b 1948 - David Davis has matured into a strong voice for individual freedoms.
By Rick Wartzman
A few weeks ago, Winston Churchill went digital. The former British Prime Minister's estate announced that it was launching its own iPhone (AAPL) app featuring Churchill's "wit and wisdom." A related website, along with Facebook and Twitter profiles, has also been set up. About the only thing missing, from what I can tell, is a link to the work of Peter Drucker.
Ties between the two men go way back. In May 1939, Churchill reviewed Drucker's first major book, The End of Economic Man, for The Times Literary Supplement, praising him as "one of those writers to whom almost anything can be forgiven because he not only has a mind of his own, but has a gift of starting other minds along a stimulating line of thought."
But even more than by pen, Churchill and Drucker seem to be connected by deed-at least in the eyes of one Churchill authority. Daniel Myers, chief operating officer of the Churchill Center in Chicago, has in recent years been delivering to business executives a lecture that examines the British leader's actions as "an executive success story." More specifically, Myers details how Churchill illustrated Drucker's eight rules for being an effective executive.
Myers came across these principles when Drucker laid them out in a 2004 Harvard Business Review article. "I read it and said 'Wow,' " recalls Myers, whose educational organization boasts 3,000 members worldwide. "It's pure Churchillian."
Image courtesy of the Churchill Archives Centre
Never, said Prime Minister Winston Churchill, was so much owed by so many to so few, and, on Wednesday, the nation will celebrate the RAF's victory over Hitler's Luftwaffe.
By Correlli Barnett
THE INDEPENDENT, Sunday 12 September 2010 - Even before the rescue of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) began, Winston Churchill foresaw the worse-case scenario that could follow from the encirclement of the doomed Anglo-French armies. France herself might well go down in defeat, so leaving a half-armed Britain alone to confront triumphant German armed forces. That would make it all too likely that Hitler would decide to put an end to the war by invading England.
So on 26 May 1940 Churchill asked the Chiefs of Staff a direct question: "Can the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force hold out reasonable hopes of preventing serious invasion?"
The Chiefs of Staff replied that as long as the Royal Air Force remained "in being", then the Royal Navy and the air force between them "should be able to prevent Germany carrying out a serious sea-borne invasion of this country". But if Germany obtained air superiority, then the Navy could hold off an invasion "for a time", but not "for an indefinite period". Once a large-scale invasion had been launched, Britain's land defences would not be strong enough to prevent the German army establishing a firm bridgehead, nor from subsequently heading inland. Therefore, concluded the Chiefs of Staff, "the crux of the matter is air superiority".
Hitler's generals and admirals came to exactly the same conclusion when, at the end of July, the Führer issued his directive for "Operation Sealion", a cross-Channel invasion of south-east England. They reckoned that, without German mastery of the skies, the Royal Navy could play havoc in mid-Channel with Sealion's unwieldy mass of river barges stuffed with troops and equipment. Such a venture must inevitably end in catastrophe.
LONDON (Associated Press) - Rare color footage of the bomb damage inflicted on London during World War II has surfaced on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Blitz.
The dramatic footage shows the destruction of several London landmarks, including the flagship John Lewis store on Oxford Street.
The film was released Monday by Westminster Council to mark the start of the devastating German bombing campaign that began September 7, 1940, and continued until May 1941.
The film was found in the attic by the family of an air raid warden who shot it on the home movie equipment in use in the 1940s.
The footage also shows wartime leader Winston Churchill visiting bomb sites to assess the damage.
By Adam Sweeting
UK TELEGRAPH, 15 September 2010 -As news reaches us of disreputable attempts by Army and Navy chiefs to fight off threatened budget cuts by dismembering the Royal Air Force, the RAF's Central Band comes thundering low over the horizon with an immaculately timed riposte. It's their debut album for Decca, Reach for the Skies.
The disc has been designed to precision-bomb the heartstrings of the nation by bringing together every lip‑trembling, blood-stirring anthem ever associated with Britain's gallant airmen, from Ron Goodwin's rumbustious theme from 633 Squadron to the elegiac Battle of Britain March. William Walton's Spitfire Prelude flies in formation with The Dambusters March and Reach for the Sky, and for light relief there's Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines.
Leaving no nostalgic tear unshed, the album lobs in a couple of Winston Churchill's greatest hits - his Battle of Britain tributes about the RAF's "finest hour" and the "Never was so much owed by so many to so few" speech - with appropriately reverent musical accompaniment.
"With a little help from Winston Churchill himself, we have produced an album of which we're all immensely proud, and one that we hope will continue to showcase the excellence of musicianship for which the RAF has always been known," said Decca's general manager, Mark Wilkinson, who is doubtless well aware that the Central Band was the first military band to make a long-playing record when it recorded Eric Coates's theme from The Dam Busters film in 1955.
"Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty and so bear ourselves that if the British Commonwealth and Empire lasts for a thousand years, men will still say 'This was their finest hour.'"
1940 was Britain's first full year of war. It was not only the year that the country's very existence was threatened, it was also - as Churchill said - its ‘finest hour'. Defeat and occupation by Nazi Germany were very real possibilities, but it was the momentous events of this year that helped to shape the course, and eventual outcome, of the Second World War.
In 1940, Britain needed leadership, determination, courage, effort, sacrifice - and luck - to survive.
Explore the new 1940 microsite of the Imperial War Museum and discover how the Museum's unique collections tell the story of 1940 and find out how each of the Museum's branches is marking the pivotal events of this remarkable year.
KENT NEWS, 28 September 2010 - The National Trust is urging the public to nominate the former home of Sir Winston Churchill in a bid to land funds for restoration.
Beef drink brand Bovril is donating £100,000 to the National Trust as part of the Great Outdoors Revival - a scheme designed to help restore special outdoor areas across the country.
A shortlist of 79 National Trust sites in need of restoration have been drawn up and now the public are being called upon to choose where the money goes.
The winners will be announced in the new year.
Chartwell boasts 30 acres of countryside and wants the cash to make its popular woodland walks more accessible all-year round.
For full details of the properties nominated, and how to cast your vote, visit: www.bovril.co.uk/revival
By Elliot Berke
Finest Hour 145
NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009- "Over seventy years ago, Winston Churchill lamented what he called the "confirmed un-teachability of mankind": the unfortunate habit of civilized societies to sleep until danger nearly overtakes them. Churchill bemoaned what he called the ‘want of foresight, the unwillingness to act when action will be simple and effective, the lack of clear thinking, the confusion of counsel until emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.'
"I speak here today in the hope that Churchill's assessment of the ‘unteachability of mankind' is for once proven wrong. I speak here today in the hope that we can learn from history-that we can prevent danger in time.
In the spirit of the timeless words spoken to Joshua over 3000 years ago, let us be strong and of good courage. Let us confront this peril, secure our future and, God willing, forge an enduring peace for generations to come."
The holocaust denier President Ahmadinejad of Iran was back at the United Nations this past week, so we felt that another look at the Isreali Prime Minister's very Churchillian speech last year was worth another look. To see Ahmadinejad's speech, follow this link.
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Nearly 62 years ago, the United Nations recognized the right of the Jews, an ancient people 3,500 years-old, to a state of their own in their ancestral homeland.
I stand here today as the Prime Minister of Israel, the Jewish state, and I speak to you on behalf of my country and my people.
The United Nations was founded after the carnage of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. It was charged with preventing the recurrence of such horrendous events.
Nothing has undermined that central mission more than the systematic assault on the truth. Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.
Last month, I went to a villa in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee. There, on January 20, 1942, after a hearty meal, senior Nazi officials met and decided how to exterminate the Jewish people. The detailed minutes of that meeting have been preserved by successive German governments. Here is a copy of those minutes, in which the Nazis issued precise instructions on how to carry out the extermination of the Jews. Is this a lie?
By Matt Warman, Consumer Technology Editor
THE TELEGRAPH, 17 September 2010 - The Estate of Sir Winston Churchill has launched its own iPhone app and is to use social media to bring the former Prime Minister's "wit and wisdom" to a wider audience, it has been announced. Facebook and Twitter profiles have been set up and will launch on Friday, and an iPhone app will go on sale for £1.19, with all proceeds going to the Churchill Estate.
Randolph Churchill, Sir Winston's great-grandson, said that the application was "the first accurate guide to the best of his sayings. It shows just how relevant his thoughts remain".
The new forays into social media are based on the work of historian and Churchill expert Richard Langworth. "There is not a day when Sir Winston is not quoted in one way or another, whether by presidents, prime ministers, newspapers on the web or by people in their everyday lives," said Randolph Churchill. "This app is also the most superb opportunity to make sure the record is correct."
Called "Churchillisms: The Official Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill", the iPhone App includes photographs, more than 250 quotations and excerpts from speeches. A website has also been set up at churchillisms.com and the twitter profile can be found at twitter.com/wchurchill2010.