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SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL, British Statesman, writer  ( 1874- 1965 )

 

 

Sir Winston’s early desertion from Tory ranks was to haunt him even in ‘20s. In the 1922 elections Churchill saw his party routed and Tories, triumphant and himself defeated at the polls by an unknown Prohibitionist named Edwin Scrymgeor. While in hospital with appendicitis the results came in on which he later observed as thus: ‘In the twinkling of an eye, I found myself without an office, without a seat, without a party and without an appendix.’

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Even in his early days in Westminister , he was quite cheeky and his barbed wit had much to do with his events leading to his defection in 1904 from a party,  fortunes of which was later to become synonymous with him. His desertion made him then an outcast among his former associates. On one occasion Sir. William Joynson- Hicks made some statement in the House, to which the young Winston seemed to object.

“I see my Rt. Hon’ble friend shakes his head,” said Sir.Hicks, “but I am only expressing my own opinion.”

“And I,” retorted Churchill, “am only shaking my own head.”

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On one occasion Churchill said something which brought another member to his feet choking with vehement protests that  his protests were hardly intelligible.

“My Rt. Hon’ble friend,” said Winston, “should not develop more indignation than he can contain.”

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When a rather long winded speech was being delivered in the House of Commons Winston Churchill leaned back with his eyes closed. The speaker observing his response to his speech complained thus, “Must you  fall asleep while I’m speaking?”

“No,” replied Churchill keeping his eyes still closed, “It’s purely voluntary.”

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“Winston you’re drunk,” said Bessie Braddock, Socialist member for Liverpool, in the House. “Bessie, you’re ugly and tomorrow I’ll be sober but you’ll still be ugly.” retorted Churchill.

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Even when Disraeli was young he lived by the maxim:’To govern men you must either excel them in their accomplishments or despise them.”Dizzy hated every bodily exertion and everything his contemporaries were passionate about. While at Malta he happened to remain in the galley watching English officer at a game of tennis. Ever at pains to play a dandy he picked the ball which flew and stopped by his side. While the player waited for the ball to be thrown back he gingerly picked it up. With exaggerated affectation he asked the one near to him for the ball to be forwarded to the court. His excuse was that he had never thrown a ball in his life.
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Disraeli Contests
In 1832 Disraeli stood for High Wycombe as a radical. From the portico of the Red Lion he spoke with flourishes and verve for one and a half hours. Winding up his speech to the electorate he declaimed pointing the head of the lion above,” When the poll is declared I shall be there,” and pointing to the tail he continued,”my opponent will be there.” The mob applauded him warmly but the Corporation and burgesses who controlled the election consigned him to the tail.
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After many futile attempts to enter the House of Commons Disraeli managed to enter the House on 1837. On Dec.7 he rose to make his maiden speech, following Daniel O’Connel whose Irish Party gave the Whigs their majority. His elaborate sentences and stylish manner were to the radicals, like red flag waving before a bull. They had not forgotten his attacks on O’connel a few years ago. They laughed uproariously as he began and despite his persistent appeals to gain a hearing he was booed at. Nevertheless he persisted and he was barely audible. He said,”I am not at all surprised at the reception I have experienced. I have begun several things many times, and I have often succeeded at last as they had done before me.”More hubbub. Upto this point he had appeared unruffled and good humored. But now in a voice almost a scream he shot out,”I sit down now, but the time will come when you will hear me.”
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Lord Palmerston,Henry Temple,3rd Viscount(1774-1865)
In 1816 while in charge of the War Office, he came under criticism from the radical MP’s for keeping a standing army even after the threat of Bonaparte was long past.Some of the Tories also sided with them and demanded that the military costs should be drastically reduced. Palmerston reminded them that the Army always became unpopular after every war was over and told them the story of the soldiers who marched out of London against the Jacobites in 1745.
“There goes our brave guards!”there go the pillars of the State.” Cried the people.
“Aye,”said one of the veterans,”but when we have licked the enemy the cry will be.’there go the caterpillars of the State.”
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In keeping with many aristocrats of his time he was arrogant and had a condescending attitude towards trading class. He kept the tradesmen to whom he owed waiting for months before he settled their bills. One butcher who suffered on account of his social position, once  forced his way into Palmerston’s presence and insisted on immediate satisfaction. Palmerston wrote out a check for that amount and then putting on a glove in the presence of the butler, picked up the pen as if it were a defiled object and threw it out of the window.
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As a Foreign Secretary he did not endear himself to the clerks at the Foreign Office and he was nicknamed by them as’Protocol Palmerston’. None dared calling him to his face. During the confusion caused by a fire at the FO while people panicked one clerk opened the door in which Palmerston was waiting and called out,”Take care the Protocols!” Before a furious Palmerston could take a goodlook at him he ran down the stairs and made good of his escape.
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His arrogance and self importance was such even no less worthy a person as Tallerand the French ambassador was made to wait for two hours. One minister while cooling his heels in his anteroom on an afternoon consoled himself reading the whole of Richardson’s ‘Clarissa’.
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Because of his weak eyes Palmerston insisted his subordinates write out documents as large as he did himself. He was very stickler for the size. One clerk ventured to play a joke on his chief and once wrote the document in letters unusually larger than the norm. But Palmerston not to be outdone made comments on it thus: ‘ The writer of this paper would write an excellent hand if he wrote a little larger.’
(Lord Palmerston- Sir. Jasper Ridley-Pub: Constable&Co,London)
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