There’s some more bad news for Jeremy Corbyn to digest as he chews through his porridge this morning, the British public has chosen his arch-nemesis Margaret Thatcher as the UK’s greatest Prime Minister on the 40th anniversary of her taking power.
Thatcher took 21% in the poll of post-war Prime Ministers, beating Churchill on 19% and miles ahead of the rest of the competition. There were just enough diehard Blairites left to get Tony Blair into third place with 6% of the vote. Will the ChUKas even manage to match this in the EU elections?
The country doesn’t agree with the plethora of (Remoaner) historians who’ve been queuing up to brand Cameron the worst Prime Minister in history, 2% still carry the torch for DC. There’s no such consolation for Theresa May bringing up the rear on nul points…
Astonishingly John McDonnell has told ITV News that he would give the same answer again if asked whether he thinks Churchill was a hero or a villain. He answered with two words, “Tonypandy. Villain.”
Now he has expanded on his answer a little…
“Undoubtedly a hero during the second world war but also look at the other aspects of his life as well, and Tonypandy was a disgrace, you know, sending the troops in, killing a miner, trying to break a strike.”
Does McDonnell really think that the events at Tonypandy (with Churchill’s role in escalations hotly disputed) outweighs leading the liberation of half of Europe from Nazi oppression..?
Last night at a Politico event at the Institute for Government, the Shadow Chancellor branded Winston Churchill, who was last decade voted in a nationwide BBC poll as ‘the greatest Briton’, a villain.
McDonnell, an admirer of Mao Zedong who is happy to address Stalinists, cited Churchill’s decision as Home Secretary in 1910 to allow the army to be sent to the Welsh town of Tonypandy to reinforce the police against mineworkers engaged in violent riots. The Shadow Chancellor seems to be taking a leaf out of the Kim Jong Un sympathising Green MSP Ross Greer’s book…
Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, told the Telegraph “Frankly it’s a very foolish and stupid thing to say. I think my grandfather’s reputation can withstand a publicity-seeking assault from a third-rate, Poundland Lenin.”
A man was arrested last night after a statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square was graffitied. A co-conspirator told Guido:
“A lefty loon was arrested defacing the Churchill statue in Parliament Square. He was swiftly dealt with by police from parliament.”
A warden in Parliament Square said the graffiti – which was daubed on the statue’s stone plinth – said “something racist” and that police are examining CCTV footage of the incident. A Met Police spokesman told Guido:
“At around 21:45hrs on Tuesday, 24 October, officers arrested a man in Parliament Square, Westminster SW1 on suspicion of criminal damage.
“He was taken to a central London police station.”
The graffiti on the statue has now been covered: