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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:29 pm 
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A bit on the other side of Churchill tbc

In 1926, he advocated machine gunning
Scottish miners. He'd also suggested gassing
tribes rebelling against the empire. Some of his remarks about Jews and Irish leave something to be desired. ... llibility/

But we shouldn't. His finest hours aside, Winston Churchill was hardly a paragon of progressive thought. He believed that women shouldn't vote – telling the House of Commons that they are "well represented by their fathers, brothers, and husbands". He was fiercely opposed to self-determination for the people of the Empire, advocating the use of poisoned gas against "uncivilized tribes" in Mesopotamia (Iraq) in 1919. In 1947, on the eve of Indian independence, he had to be tricked into a bar by two Conservative MPs so as not to embarrass himself during the debate. Even his distrust of Hitler was probably motivated mostly by a hatred of Germans – in 1927, he said that Mussolini's fascism "had rendered service to the whole world", while Il Duce himself was a "Roman genius".

"The thistle rises and forever will" - MacDiarmid

NB - I am not the same person as the poster "Scottish republic".

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