BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN
What on earth is all this preposterous recent denigration of Winston Churchill, who died on this day in 1965?
The release of the film Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman (excellent by the way) has once again made Churchill ubiquitous across our media. It has been many years since audiences have given spontaneous standing ovations to a film. Fans of the film have speculated that the reaction is down to both the appreciation of the film and an acknowledgement of the British war effort, with some readers of the Daily Telegraph inferring it captured “Dunkirk Spirit coming out” in homage to choppy Brexit waters.
So, why the recent hatred in the Left-Wing press and across social media?
You’d expect bitter former colonials like Dr Shashi Tharoor, author of Inglorious Empire and a former Under-Secretary General of Strong’s weak UN, to have a bee in their bonnet about any British hero. Last March Tharoor told UK Asian “This [Churchill] is the man who the British insist on hailing as some apostle of freedom and democracy. When to my mind he is really one of the eviller rulers of the 20th century only fit to stand in company of the likes of Hitler, Mao and Stalin”.
You’d expect other Britain-haters, like the Islamist wingnuts Hizb ut Tahrir to also compare Churchill with Stalin and call him a criminal. Or the crazier Irish nationalists to diss him, as they diss almost everyone. Just as you’d expect representatives of the Russian State to brand their former ally on the one hand a wartime winner and – incapable of appreciating Iron Curtain hypocrisy – on the other a racist and imperialist. Or the cinnamon dolce latte conservative-baiters of Jacobin to write lines like, “Churchill was no hero — he was a vile racist fanatical about violence and fiercely supportive of imperialism”.
But for British young people and once mainstream publications to denigrate Churchill … they must be mad. The Independent – once a newspaper, now reduced to a Corbyn-supporting weblog – called Churchill a white supremacist. They are in the same disreputable company as the street-corner tin-foilers; the Morning Star Trotskyites and Socialist Worker Party moonbats, who all recently denigrated Britain’s war leader whose cunning and ruthlessness in the end saved many of their British ancestors’ bacon.
Few of them would know that Churchill was responsible for the first minimum wage system in Britain. He famously served as Prime Minister of victorious Britain during the Second World War uniting and inspiring Britain with his able and imaginative leadership. He served as the British Prime Minister for a second term from 1951 to 1955, won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature and, in a 2002 television poll conducted by the BBC to determine The 100 Greatest Britons, Sir Winston Churchill was voted “The Greatest of Them All” (the poll was based on approximately a million votes from BBC viewers).
The only logical conclusion to reach is that these statue-lopping Churchill-dissers are Hitler fans. They are wannabe Nazis. Maybe they are the new Nazis. If Churchill had waved the white flag from the white cliffs of Dover then they’d not have had to lift their heads from their phones, join Momentum for £3 and fight for their far-left wing utopia of Nationalsozialismus in drafty village halls and appropriately soulless community centres, manipulated by woolly jumper-sporting, bitter, halitosis-ridden, old Trots.
“If”. A big little word, used a lot by those currently denigrating Sir Winston. Used a lot by the Magic Money Tree brigade also, oddly enough.
Let’s save these people the trouble, shall we? Churchill was a great man and those who diss him are losers.
After all, as someone great once said, “History is written by the victors.”