Muzzling the British bulldog

reviewed this week. Churchill: When Britain Said No, BBC Two. 1945: The Savage Peace, BBC Two. 1864, BBC Four. Vogue Does Straight As, RTE Two.

30th May, 2015
Muzzling the British bulldog
Winston Churchill’s stunning rejection by the British electorate in 1945 was examined at length in Churchill: When Britain Said No (BBC Two). PICTURE: Getty

Winston Churchill, the cigar moking, whiskey swilling, V-sign waving, siren-suited icon of Englishness, was the very personification of the bulldog breed. Winnie was the subject of a neat piece of crowbar-wielding revisionism in Churchill – When Britain Said No (BBC Two). Historical heavyweights Max Hastings, Antony Beevor, Richard Overy et al said their pieces, and some were more critical than others.

Churchill was defeated in the 1945 British general election, held after VE Day but...

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