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#Churchill’s #racism, in his own words

UK. Winston Churchill is a figure from British history who is much venerated and has been discussed again because of recent graffiti on his statue in central London. We are supposed to believe that he was a war hero, that we couldn’t have won the Second World War without him and that he stood for British freedom itself. This, however, is more mythology than history and focuses only on a romanticised version of the Second World War. Even if we are to remember him for the war though, there is the problem of his strategic decisions (such as Gallipoli in WW1) which cost the British armed forces many lives, as well as the fact that it was largely working-class people who actually fought the war.

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