Churchill Visits Bombed Plymouth

WINSTON CHURCHILL DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE UNITED KINGDOM (H 9265) Winston Churchill is cheered by workers during a visit to bomb damaged Plymouth on 2 May 1941. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Lady Nancy Astor, Lord Mayoress of Plymouth, on this visit, who can be seen behind Churchill. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205196631
Winston Churchill is cheered by workers during a visit to bomb-damaged Plymouth on 2 May 1941. This was one of many morale-boosting visits he made across Britain. Public opinion polls, then in their infancy, show that between July 1940 and May 1945, never less than 78 per cent of those polled said they approved of Churchill as prime minister. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Lady Nancy Astor, Lord Mayoress of Plymouth, on this visit, who can be seen behind Churchill. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205196631  

Comments Charles McCain: Nancy Astor, shown in the photograph, was an arch appeaser of the Nazis. The unofficial name for the powerful appeasers of Hitler in Great Britain was “the Cliveden Set.” Cliveden was her country home.

She was, however, the first women elected to the British Parliament and she was actually an American citizen till she married Vincent Astor, subsequently Lord Astor. She and Churchill disliked each other greatly.

Supposedly she is the person who was subjected to Churchill’s withering put-down after she accused him at a dinner party (not in Parliament) of being drunk:

“Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk.”

“My dear you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly.”

However, like some of the best quotes in history, there is a disagreement over whether he actually said this and to whom he said it. According to this story in the Independent, Churchill may have said this Nancy Astor or to Bessie Braddock, a Labour member of Parliament or never actually said it at all. Details in this story from the Independent.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/my-dear-you-are-ugly-but-tomorrow-i-shall-be-sober-and-you-will-still-be-ugly-winston-churchill-tops-8878622.html

 

 

 

 

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