The Times Newspaper
September 7th 1998 (abbreviated)
Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure tha rich people cannot cheat.
Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.
The only people Churchill never forgave were those who,
in the words he so often used
"fell beneath the level of events" ______________________ We desire to be judged only by results Winston Churchill. House of Commons
February 11th 1943
Winston Churchill's Medals.
It was announced yesterday by Sir Winston Churchill's grandson that he had presented on loan his grandfather's medals to the Imperial War Museum for display at the cabinet war rooms.
What he failed to reveal, was that in doing so he saves himself the fear of being burgled for them - almost certainly the heavy expense of insuring them and having to pay for their security arrangements - and also whether or not he has paid the inheritance tax on them. * (scroll down the page).
Sensible man you say, for he still owns them; he can take them back at a moments notice to sell them, but is freed from any of the attendant cares of ownership ..............until you remember the shameful thing he and the family did when they blackmailed the effete Prime Minister John Major and his Conservative government and the nation to pay him £12,500,000 for the on loan (?) Chartwell Papers. - papers which Sir Winston and Lady Churchill sent to the Churchill Archive Centre, Churchill College Cambridge, desiring them to be a gift.
In lending the medals there is nothing to stop Winston Churchill (minor) - or his children - in years to come doing the same thing again. Likewise - but more alarmingly - also with the on loan contents of Chartwell.
If he insists on lending the medals, or the family insists (in contravention to Sir Winston's wishes) lending to the National Trust the contents of Chartwell; then as the owners they should be responsible for their insurance and security costs. They should not expect the Imperial War Museum and the National Trust to have to meet these very heavy costs or for them to have to increase entrance fees to find the money to do so.
Would it not be wiser for the Churchill family simply to do as many have privately urged them - to honour Sir Winston's wishes and make an outright gift of them to the nation?
None of these artifacts would be of any interest to the public were it not for Churchill's enormous achievements and the the grievous loss of life, terrible injuries and huge grief suffered in the war by Churchill's comrades in Arms to ensure our lives of comfort and freedom.
It is very distasteful for this society to have to speak publicly in this manner. _______________________ The Times Newspaper
September 7th 1998
Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure that rich people cannot cheat.
Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) * avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.
Where are all the many missing majestic jewelled silver and gold boxes, the superb commemorative cut glass and enamelled plaques and mementos and the spectacularly bejewelled solid gold and silver sculptural pieces, swords and daggers and medals that were bestowed upon Churchill by foreign Kings and Queens and the numerous gifts given in his honour by Governments from all over the world, including many from Arab Royalty and the Emirates - all of which were originally on display at Chartwell when it first opened and which are now missing?
It was Sir Winston's desire that all of these should be permanently on display at Chartwell.
.________________________ The only people Churchill never forgave were those who,
in the words he so often used:-
"fell beneath the level of events" _______________________
Because of his record Mr W S Churchill's appointment as Chairman of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
is as astonishing as it is improper and he must resign.
Dalton Newfield writes in an article published in the USA re the sordid history (and inevitable failure) of the Churchill family's promotion of the fantastically expensive The Collected Works in 1974.
"I am more than a little surprised that the Churchill family gave their support to this money-grubbing project".
"It would be wonderful to own such a work".
"It would be wonderful if my - or even any US library - could own the set, let alone risk using it".
"It would be wonderful if greed were not always the family's motive".
"WSC was not unconscious of money - quite the contrary - but he did put out abridgements, cheap editions, etc., so that people at all levels could enjoy his works".
"What pains most is that the idea was all so un Churchillian", Mr Newfield concluded.
The story of the Churchill family and their relatives and friends - many in the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - promotion in 1988 of the West End Musical with 'Winnie' singing in his bath!
After three performances it was taken off. It was reputed to have lost £3 million pounds and was described by a Buckingham Palace courtier as:_
"just done for money, money, money . . . . vulgar vulgar vulgar!"
The Daily Telegraph
Re: Unsocial society
Date: 3 October 2004
Despite being hugely and patriotically English, I can only endorse the prescience of Kevin Myers in opting to live in Ireland.
What he says about us is completely accurate, and is tremendously dispiriting for those of us who can remember that other England, the one where care, courtesy, respect and manners were part of everyday life.
Again quite correctly he identifies the culprits as the intelligentsia (although the noun is in many respects a misnomer), who have conducted a merciless and unrelenting assault on all those things that made us what we were.
Now, from the top down, we have a yobbish culture which prevails, and we have become a society motivated by spite, envy, greed, gloating, filth and voyeurism.
The England in which I was raised and educated, and for which I would gladly have laid down my life, has been stolen from us, and we are now an awful country, probably in terminal decline, ruled over by an elite who are self-serving, duplicitious and hugely incompetent.
It is time, I think, to summon back King Arthur, or bang Drake's Drum or whatever it is that we are supposed to do in time of peril.
From: Arthur Mead, Dereham, Norfolk.
TIMES NEWSPAPER. London.
September 23, 2004
From Professor Emeritus Thomas Stapleton
' Churchill's tears'
Richard Morrison (T2, September 20) writes that Churchill is said to have been a bit of a sobber, though never in public.
Professor Robert Debr, the father of French paediatrics, told me that when in 1944 Churchill received the freedom of the City of Paris in the Hotel de Ville, on opening the casket, found it contained not a scroll but the Hakenkreuz (Nazi flag) that had flown over the town hall during the Occupation, the tears poured down his cheeks.
The Foundry Cottage,
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THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY
The Times Newspaper
October 1st 2004.
Letter 23rd Sept 2004
Professors Stapleton's account of Churchill's reception of the Nazi flag presented to him in France in 1944 was moving.
It represented the French nation's tribute to Churchill and all his comrades in arms who lost their lives and the grief and pain of their
widows and orphans, plus the many who suffered appalling injuries.
The flag belongs to them and now to the nation.
Where is it now?
Norman Harvey Rogers.
The Churchill family to pay back The Lottery Money.
The High Court (London) proceedings. Who owned the Chartwell Papers?
How safe are the contents of Chartwell?
Copy of correspondence with The National Trust.
Churchill's daughter Mary Soames,
Churchill's grandson Nicholas Soames,
Churchill's grandson Winston Churchill minor.
'Conservative Party sleaze added to the continuing collapse of moral standards in the UK. From 1983 onwards it gathered pace and led to the national uproar caused by the the story of the Churchill family threatening to sell Sir Winston and Lady Churchill's gift to Churchill College of The Chartwell Papers.
Lord Rothschild's letter.
The very sad press chronology of Winston S Churchill Jnr.
Professor Charmley writes: Is there no end to the making of money by the family our of Sir Winston?
Commercial advertising. Cashing in on Churchill. Who authorised this crude example?
Criticisms of the book 'Churchill's Private Letters' selected, edited, and published by his daughter Mary Soames.
May 1999. Important information.
Mr W S Churchill's improper appointment.
Re missing items at Chartwell.
The scandal of the Chartwell Papers.
Churchill family v College College Cambridge..
Re CHURCHILL HOUSE London.
The Greatest Briton
The Greatest Briton
Library of Congress USA.
The Churchill Exhibition
An Award for Stupidity
...'spitting in the face' of 'The Few'
Dishonesty at the Chartwell Gift Shop
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