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Finest Hour 188

From the Editor Churchill's Prime Ministers

Finest Hour 188, Second Quarter 2020

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By David Freeman, April 2020


This issue commemorates the eightieth anniversary of Winston Churchill becoming prime minister in May 1940. Already the beleaguered year of 2020 has shown that Churchill remains the gold standard for crisis leadership. As political leaders around the world have struggled to meet the challenges created by a global pandemic, observers have measured their actions against Churchill’s example.

Churchill served under five different prime ministers, and five future prime ministers served under him. It is some measure of Churchill’s career that these men came from three different parties: Liberal, Labour, and Conservative. In this issue we look at each man’s Churchillian connections, and we are honored to start with a foreword by David Cameron.

Churchill received his first government appointment from Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman. Fred Glueckstein introduces us to the Edwardian statesman who preferred to be known as “CB.” Promotion to the Cabinet came for Churchill with the sudden death of CB and the succession of H. H. Asquith to the premiership. T. G. Otte looks at the man whom Churchill referred to as a “Tribune” of the people. Read More >

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