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July 25, 2008

In Winston we trust

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 7:20 am
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Winston Peters was born in 1945 and was named after British Prime Minister Winston Churchill – so it is interesting that his secret trust to which Sir Robert Jones donated is called the Spencer Trust. Churchill was a scion of the famous Spencer family, an old and powerful aristocratic dynasty dating back to the 15th Century.

Churchill seems to hold something of a fascination for a certain caliber of political mediocrity – President Bush has a bust of him in the oval office. I think its because Churchill spent much of his political life disagreeing with the experts and the conventional wisdom, and at absolutely key moments in world history Churchill was right and the majority were wrong. That’s a very attractive biography to a contrarian like Peters

The problem is, if you look closer at Churchill’s life and the overwhelming majority of his judgments (Gallipoli, India, the General Strike, the abdication crisis, just off the top of my head – the list of his blunders, both military and political is very very long) the experts with their conventional wisdom were right and Churchill was dead wrong.

He was right when it counted though and I suspect that’s how Peters thinks of himself; sure, he might have made a few trivial accounting errors and not crossed all the ‘i”s and so on, but on the big issues of the day (asians are evil!) he feels history will vindicate him.

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2 Comments »

  1. Sorry but would have to disagree wiith you there on Churchills blunders. Take for instance Gallipoli. Churchill was thwarted by his senior command and their dithering. Had Kitchener and the first Sea Lord Jackie Fisher was it acted pronptly and committed both a combimed fo

    Comment by Paul Horn — December 12, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

  2. Apologies I got a little ahead of myself there and pushed the wrong key! All thumbs I’m afraid. As I was saying had Churchills senior comnmders committed their respective forces at the right time as Churchill requested the result would most likely have been vastly different. The element of surprise was lost and the Turks were well entrenched. Dithering on the part of Kitchener and Fisher?? cost Churchill failure in the Dardanelles!

    Comment by Paul Horn — December 12, 2009 @ 2:38 pm


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