As with their refusal to honour Sir Winston and Lady Churchill's expressed wishes over the Chartwell Papers and their betrayal of all who lost their lives in the war by their blackmail of the John Major's Conservative government and the entire nation with the threat to auction them*; the Churchill family's further publication of their parents private letters is deeply shaming.
The more shocking all this becomes when one tries to comprehend the appalling scale of suffering and death that millions endured in the wars of this century.
The choice of letters is selective, and those broadcast, so obviously heavily edited that they sounded banal. They are embarrassing to read. One feels like a voyeur.
Not one letter among the entire selection reveals anything not already known.
The family were justly angered when Churchill's doctor betrayed his patient and published his book for no other reason than money. Are they not now doing the same?
Listening to these letters on the radio, one is reminded again of how lonely Churchill was because his wife demanded so many very expensive cures and foreign holidays - and this at a time when tight foreign currency restrictions had to be imposed upon everyone and the people were suffering shortages far worse than anything we had to suffer during the war years.
Are their parents not to be allowed even a mite personal privacy?
The idea would have been scorned by her had someone proposed to do what she has in fact done.
In spite of the weight of his responsibilities - Winston never forgot to write to Clementine and did so always from the heart. Only a husband and wife understand the endearing personal nonsense that grows over the years between them.
Would any of us want ours revealed to the world?
"Between Ourselves" was the radio title given to the letters, and that is exactly how they should have remained.
*(for twelve and a half million pounds)
Is it not remarkable that no member of the family has had the courage to speak out against this endless cashing in?
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 Winston Churchill (minor) 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 whether or not he has paid the inheritance tax on them*.
Sensible man you say..............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 and for which the family still continue to charge outrageous copyright fees.
There is nothing to stop him or his children doing the same thing again. Likewise with the on loan contents of Chartwell.
_______________________________________________ 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
that were bestowed upon Churchill by foreign Kings and Queens
and the huge number of 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.
The story of the Churchill family and their friends 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 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.
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