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Tuesday, 25 June 2013


Mannie Sherberg
Churchill's era -- in England -- produced some of history's most masterly writers (and speakers) of insults. Oscar Wilde and GB Shaw are perhaps the best-known, but from late-Victorian days until well into the last century, English writing abounds in wonderfully subtle -- and clever -- aspersions. The one Churchill directed at Chamberlain is a prize example. Here he is speaking about Prime Minister Ramsey MacDonald: "I have waited fifty years to see the Boneless Wonder sitting on the Treasury bench" and "He has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thought." And PM Stanley Baldwin: "He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened." And PM Clement Attlee (when told Attlee was a modest man): "Absolutely true -- but then he does have a lot to be modest about." As for calling you "when our Churchill arrives," I estimate that Churchills arrive only about once a century. We may have wait another 87 years.

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