In Punjab in 1919 public discontent with British colonial rule was growing. In Amritsar ruthless but stupid Brig-General Reginald Dyer ordered his troops to fire at point-blank range on a large crowd of Indian protesters. Hundreds died. This massacre was denounced in Parliament in London by Winston Churchill, then Secretary of State for War and no slouch as a public speaker… Continue reading The Political Language of Apology (or Not)
Last night, I spent an entertaining two hours with Winston Churchill. Not literally, but via the nearest equivalent available in the 21st Century. I attended an event where the featured speaker was the great man’s great-grandson, Jonathan Churchill-Sandys.
In his speech, Mr. Churchill-Sandys regaled his audience with numerous anecdotes about his famous ancestor. Some were well known, such as the one about Churchill’s encounter with a shrewish Labor MP. “Mr. Churchill,” she scolded him, “you are drunk. You are disgustingly drunk!”
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January 30 is observed in England and elsewhere in the English-speaking world as the martyrdom of King Charles I, monarch and saint. On this day, white roses are laid at the foot of the king’s statue in London.
To modern eyes, Charles appears an unlikely candidate for sainthood, but when he was reduced to pitiful status of a prisoner on trial for his life, Charles showed that he possessed at least one royal virtue: courage. Continue reading Charles I, Monarch and Saint