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Churchill got it right — 100 years ago

Dear Sir,

An excellent editorial today (24/03/2105), Mr Editor.

In 1916, despite having lost favour with both his own party and the Opposition, Winston Churchill was relentless in his criticism of the rancour in the British House of Commons.

Responding to a cheap shot by Bonar Law, he said, “Do not look for quarrels, do not make them; make it easy for every party, every force in this country, to give you its aid and support, and remove barriers and obstructions and misunderstanding that tend to be superficial and apparent divergence among men whose aid is all directed to our common object of victory, on which all our futures depend.”

It is the government's duty to treat Opposition concern “fairly and justly and not to answer with the kind of rhetoric or argument which might do very well on public platforms but is entirely unsuitable to the cool discussion in the House of Commons” (quotes from William Manchester's The Last Lion).

Although Churchill's victory referred to WWI, Bermuda's current economic difficulties deserve a similar impetus and vision — one hundred years later we need a Churchill to galvanise our Parliament to work together for the “common object of victory”.

Sadly, I see no Churchills around.

PETER PARKER

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Published March 26, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated March 26, 2015 at 2:14 am)

Churchill got it right — 100 years ago

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