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Winston Churchill

My* Part in His Downfall!
Churchill being carried on a chair into the Caird Hall in Dundee
© DC Thomson

Every time the state broadcaster or the Establishment-owned media comes up with yet another Who is the Greatest Briton of All Time cringefest we should all know that the result is likely to be a foregone conclusion. In a variation on the famous quip describing football as being a sport where 22 players chase a ball for 90 minutes and, in the end, Germany always wins, most ‘Great Briton’ contests involve some patriotic (if you’re English) debate about the merits of all the usual (English) suspects before concluding, once again, that the honour undoubtedly belongs to one great (English) man – Winston Churchill.

As evidence of the Anglocentric nature of any of these celebrations of great Britishness, consider as just one example the 2002 BBC series 100 Greatest Britons. Out of that 100 only 10 are technically Scots – I say ‘technically’ since we’re not likely to want to claim Tony Blair but his Edinburgh birthplace no doubt allows the British Nationalists to claim that a 10% representation is fair, so stop whingeing Scotland…! The top 10 are exclusively English with the first Scot in the list, Alexander Fleming, coming in at number 20 – apparently discovering penicillin and being awarded the Nobel Prize doesn’t merit being ranked above Thatcher, various royals, a couple of Beatles or… Michael Crawford??? It is an astonishing list, and well worth checking out. Anyway, Churchill came out top of the heap in the opinion of the great British public and, as we are being constantly reminded these days, we must always respect the will of the people!

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