“The dockers, Churchill and the war's most shameful secret: Second World War strikes reveal disgusting lack of patriotism” thunders the headline, as the Hefferlump skates conveniently over the actual reasons for those strikes: workers were being asked to put in longer and longer hours in often dreadful conditions. Something had to give, and on occasion, it did. Patriotism did not enter.
Indeed, even in 1965, there were trades unionists who considered Churchill as a class enemy”. And why does he think that was?
Pass the sick bag Alice, to borrow a phrase.
Tom Pride sums it up very neatly: In 1944 when the 22-year old Ralph Miliband was bravely risking his life storming German positions protecting the Normandy beaches, Paul Dacre’s 19-year-old father Peter Dacre was working in London as a show business reporter for newspapers such as the Daily Express.
Quite how a fit 19-year-old managed to avoid call-up to the front line at that time God only knows.
Perhaps show business reporters – like coal miners – were considered just as essential to the war effort as fighting soldiers?
Whatever the reason – you’d think Mr Dacre would want to avoid comparisons between the two men.
There's also a false equivalence between patriotism and support for Churchill. The two are not the same.
Where did going on holiday with Hitler and sending hin congratulations on invading the Sudeten land count in the patriotism stakes?
Is this the same Simon Heffer who wrote quite a balanced article about Churchill in the New Statesman a fortnight ago?
Heffer appears to change his tone in line with which newspaper he is writing for.
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