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Winston S. Churchill by Martin Gilbert Volume VIII Never Despair 1945–1965 (1988)

Part Two: In Opposition 1945-1951
‘My experience, which is unique…’
...His speech continued:
We are, after all, the guardians of the ordinary, humble, hard-working people, not only here at home, but in many lands. It is so little that they ask—only to get their daily bread by the sweat of their brow and enjoy the simple pleasures of life which were meant for all and should be denied to none.


Churchill went on to tell the House of Commons:

I am often asked, ‘Will there be war?’, and this is a question I have often asked myself. Can you wonder, sir, that this question obtrudes itself upon us when the Lord President of the Council speaks, as he did ten days ago, of the ‘risk of war’ with Russia—twice, I think, he used that phrase—and speaks of:

‘The availability and, if necessary, the readiness of armed force to prevent the outbreak of violence’—and when the Prime Minister says—and I agree with him when he says:

‘Soviet Communism pursues a policy of Imperialism in a new form—ideological, economic, and strategic—which threatens the welfare and way of life of the other nations of Europe.’

Churchill also spoke to the Conservative women about the abolition of the death penalty:

As I listened the other night in the House to the crazy cheers with which the Socialist backbenchers, in defiance of the advice of the majority of their leading Ministers, swept away the Death Penalty for the wickedest forms of murder at a time when crimes of robbery and violence by armed men have so grievously increased, I could not but wonder if these hysterical, emotional Members could be the same men who regarded the slaughter, as a result of their mistakes and mismanagement, of at least half a million Indians in the Punjab alone, as a mere incident in the progress of oriental self-government.

...‘I cannot imagine a worse time to abolish the Death Penalty than now, in the height of the outburst of criminality from which we are suffering,’ Churchill wrote to a fellow Conservative, Vyvyan Adams, who was in favour of abolition.

Churchill also spoke scathingly of what he saw as an excessive number of Civil Servants at the Admiralty, 12,500 in all, 8,000 more than at the outbreak of war. This was a ‘scandal’ which any House of Commons ‘worthy of its financial responsibilities should probe, scrub and cleanse’. An equivalent number of men to these extra 8,000, he said, ‘differently trained and employed—and, no doubt, much less well remunerated—could man two battleships, four cruisers and ten destroyers, now all laid up’. It was the duty of the House ‘to cut into this abuse and excessive tophamper’.

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Mr Churchill then gave instances in support of his claim that, with the exception of Sir Stafford Cripps, Messrs Pollitt and Horner had received more prominence on the BBC than any other politician. He also warned the BBC to be on the lookout for Communist penetration inside their own organisation.’

Churchill reiterated two months later that the Communists ‘were enemies of the country and that they were an unconstitutional party; and he thought that the BBC’s desire for tolerance of their views rested on a misunderstanding of the nature of the Communist creed. It was not to be expected, if the Communists themselves were in control, that any kind of freedom of expression would be tolerated. His fear was that a nest of Communist sympathisers within the BBC were seeking to organise the propagation of these views.’ The Communists, he warned, ‘had no respect for truth or tolerance of any kind’.

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Tags: Гильберт (Martin Gilbert), Индия, Смерть, Холодная война, Черчилль (Winston S. Churchill)

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