Last August we asked Is ML the Sylvia Plath of his generation. Now, five months later, we ask if he is the Winston Churchill of his Generation on the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s state funeral.
We guess some of you might think it a little strange, but at the greenYgrey we see this as normal, and in line with our own self-parody and the don’t keep all your eggs in one basket idiom.
Who is the Churchill of Our Generation?
Churchill’s bulldog image was cited as an influence at the start of the greenygrey website in the biography page:
While divine inspiration may have inspired the unconscious, rewinding the conscious for possible influences brings to the fore: green legends; mythical dogs and shapeshifters from British and world mythology; Churchill’s bulldog image; rock n’ roll legends; and Bill Bryson’s book title ‘Tales from a Small Island.’
Marc Latham’s biggest claim to the Churchill of our generation tag is that he has spent a decade in the wilderness warning of the Islamist threat, as Churchill warned of the Nazi threat in the 1930s while being ignored and ostracised by the appeasers.
It was while wandering through the wilderness that Marc discovered the greenYgrey world. He liked it so much he stayed.
Is David Cameron Latham’s Biggest Rival for Churchillism?
I’m sure David Cameron is considered more of a Churchill of his and Marc’s generation by many, what with him being a posh Conservative PM, and we wouldn’t necessarily argue with them.
Outside war, Cameron is definitely more Churchillian, with Churchill having no deep empathy for the working-class and their unions.
Like most people and history, Marc mostly likes and respects Churchill for inspiring the RAF and suffering civilians to save Blighty during 1940 in the Battle of Britain.
Winston Churchill and World War Two
In winning that battle Britain may also have saved all of Europe from the Nazi threat, epitomised by the undeniably impressive fighting soldiers of the Waffen SS. They reached the edge of total victory in Europe, before being turned back by the incredible bravery of the Russians, and all the partisan resistance groups across the continent.
While the German soldiers could be forgiven for their belief in superiority when they went east, most of those lucky enough to return knew the Slavs were not their inferior, as they’d been told by their Big Lie propaganda.
The American arrival in Europe also played a big part in winning the war, but it had been saved by Britain in 1940, and Churchill’s amazing speeches played a big part in that.
The Unknown Leader
While Marc may be more comfortable being an Unknown Leader, reminiscent of the Unknown Soldier, he thinks his best foreign policy contribution was advising Cameron and Obama to stay out of Syria, as they looked to be leading the U.K. and U.S.A. into war alongside I.S. last year.
In the end, the British parliament voted against the war, and that might have persuaded the U.S.A. to stay out.
We don’t know if anybody was persuaded by our blog, or even if anybody influential reads it, but I think we chose right, and so did the politicians.
P.S. Hope you liked yesterday’s XaW Files. Sorry if the early birds had more technical issues. I realised I had to deactivate and delete the WordPress.com jetpack to get all the offending gremlins out of the system, or widgets as they are known in the WordPress world!