We are living under the shadow of lies. We know it; we must say so too, and challenge it.My Dad hated Churchill, and with good reason. Winston Churchill was a horrible man, turning troops on miners, and responsible for atrocities around the world. Such is the propaganda, embedded in our education system we tolerate oppressors put up on pedestals as if they are saintly.
Meanwhile, people are living in extreme poverty, the UK has the highest Covid death rates per population, yet people defend Churchill and Johnson, as if to speak the truth is unpatriotic, weak.
Living under the shadow of lies is not for our benefit, but benefits those who oppress us.
We are living through times that are exposing uncomfortable truths for many. Whenever someone is revered, we must always consider the whole picture. Can we not expose all truths, good and bad, without being accused of being anti-British or unpatriotic? Is it actually extremely unpatriotic to not call out the bad as well as the good?
This article in Jacobin Mag examines the reality of Churchill, and we need to look back on history in its entirety if we are to learn from it.
“The actor Richard Burton, when preparing for his role as Churchill in a television drama, famously wrote for the New York Times:
“In the course of preparing myself . . . I realized afresh that I hate Churchill and all of his kind. I hate them virulently. They have stalked down the corridors of endless power all through history. . . . What man of sanity would say on hearing of the atrocities committed by the Japanese against British and Anzac prisoners of war, “We shall wipe them out, every one of them, men, women, and children. There shall not be a Japanese left on the face of the earth”? Such simple-minded cravings for revenge leave me with a horrified but reluctant awe for such single-minded and merciless ferocity.”
For this iconoclasm, Burton was barred from future work at the BBC, accused of having “acted in an unprofessional way” and evidently regarded as having committed treason. Yet his query touched on something about Churchill that has often embarrassed British sensibilities, so that it is generally not talked about: his gung-ho fondness for imperial slaughter. Everywhere one looks, one finds Churchill dripping blood from his mouth. He was fanatical about violence.”