The rich always
make the poor pay for their privileges.
The act of blackmail of the
nation by Churchill's children and grandchildren (Mary Soames, (Nicholas Soames, (Winston Churchill minor - they threatened to sell Churchill's
war time papers at auction); and the family's appeasement by an
effete Conservative establishment under John Major, (he ordered that
the family be bought off with £12.5 million pounds with the very
first payout of the newly created Independent (!) Lottery Fund) *, was
the trigger that let bribery and corruption loose in the Conservative
Party and which led, inexorably, to its 1997
NOTHING - but -
should have caused
Churchill's family do such a thing.
It is extraordinary that we
have to point out the fact that the heirs to the marvellous Churchill
legacy are not exclusively his children. It is also
a very sad thing to have to say - especially to an elderly lady (but
it has to be said) . . that whatever financial plight Churchill's
daughter and grandson imagined themselves to be in -
NOTHING - but -
should have made them betray
(for pieces of silver) all those who gave their lives in the
cause of their and our freedom - or to break faith with their
parent's wishes that Sir Winston's archives be deposited
- as a
gift to the
nation - and remain for ever in the care of The Churchill Archive
centre in Cambridge, which was built and staffed many years earlier
at great public expense especially for them.
In its report of the 17th
November 1919 -The Royal Commission inquiring into the origins of the
"In the first place the
Commission desire to record their view that it was primarily due to
the receptivity, courage and driving force of the Rt Hon Winston
Spencer Churchill that the general idea of the use of such an
instrument of warfare as the Tank was converted into practical
The report continued:
Mr Winston Churchill has
very properly taken the view that all his time and thought belonged
to the state and that he was not entitled to make any claims for an
award, even had he wished to do so'.
Churchill held that view all
When so cruelly rejected by the
electors, even before the war with Japan had been won; he still never
expected any financial reward for his extraordinary courage and its
ultimate extraordinary achievements.
It is to the nation's
everlasting shame that he never even received a pension for his last
And yet again - 30 years after
the Royal Commission's report referred to above - and when he was
discarded by the electorate and was in such dire financial straits
that he considered he had no alternative but to sell his beloved
Churchill still held to his
conviction that all his time and thought belonged to the state and
that he was not entitled to make any claims for an award, even had he
wished to do so'.
For anyone - be it Churchill's
family, their greedy agents and lawyers and dealers, or the public
willing to buy them - to think of Churchill's war papers in terms of
money is a grotesque betrayal. They belong to the nation for they
were the tell the story of the thousands upon thousands of his
comrades in arms - of known and unknown warriors - whose courage,
endurance, sufferings and deaths enable us today to live lives of
such comfort and quietude.
They are beyond price for
only one value - a
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!"
From 1983 onwards, Conservative
Party sleaze added to the continuing collapse of moral standards in
the UK gathered pace and led to national uproar caused by
the story of the Churchill family threatening to sell Sir Winston and Lady Churchill's
gift to Churchill College of The Chartwell
Professor Charmley writes:
Is there no end
to the making of money by the family our of Sir
Cashing in on
Who authorised this
Criticisms of the book
selected, edited, and published by his daughter Mary Soames.
Churchill's daughter Mary Soames,
grandson Nicholas Soames,
Winston Churchill minor.
The figure of £12,5000,000 pounds was the largest sum given from
the Lottery to a single cause. What was so additionally unjust was
that this sum was not deducted equally from the lottery allocations
to all the regions in the UK but deducted entirely from the Eastern
Region's Lottery Allocation because Cambridge came into that
This has meant that the
plans for Lottery funding of over 1,000 schemes in the Eastern Region
have been lost - all the money for them having gone into the pockets
of Churchill's children. The public were - as usual - never
The Times Newspaper
19th February 1997
Winston Churchill (minor) was left $10 million (6.2 million
in his mother's (Mrs Harriman) will, it was disclosed yesterday.
** (Update 8th April 1998)
The London Independent
reported today that
after they received £12,500,000 from the very first payout of
the British Lottery - after blackmailing the government and nation
that they would sell the papers by auction . . . "it later emerged
that the Churchill family had already made £6 million recently
from publishing deals involving the papers."
**(Update 24th May
The Churchill family received a 6 figure up front sum for the film
rights in a new film about Churchill's papers today.
**(Update July 16th
The Churchill family sold at
auction today items belonging to Sir Winston.
The proceeds of the entire sale exceeded £200,000.
**(Update July 16th 1998).
The government announce today
that more than 500 British Nazi Holocaust Victims (all over 80 years
of age) are to receive £400 (Four Hundred Pounds) compensation
from the British Government to help "free them from the misery of
**(Update July 20th 1998).
Why on earth did they want to
sell Winston's top hat, or his carpet slippers for that matter?
I thought the Sotheby's sale a
sorry affair, and no credit to Winston's descendants.
Widows sell their husbands' gallantry awards because they need the
money but this does not apply to the Churchill family.
His gold Victory watch - given to him to commemorate Germany's defeat
in 1945 is something that would be a treasured heirloom to most
. . . . . A sad business
W.F.Deedes. (Lord Deedes).
THE TIMES NEWSPAPER.
19th February 1997
By Andrew Pierce & Tom
WINSTON CHURCHILL who spent
most of his life living in the shadow of his glamorous mother Pamela
Harriman, was left $10 million (6.2 million pounds) in her will it
was disclosed yesterday.
But in the will signed only one
month before her death last month Harriman stipulated that he must
share the estate with Minnie, his estranged wife.
Harriman, the former US
Ambassador to France, was the lover of some of the world's richest
men but took a dim view of her son's decision to leave his wife of 31
years for another woman in 1994.
The displeasure of the
thrice-married Harriman was underlined by the decision to leave her
most valuable asset, Van Gogh's White Roses valued at 50 million
pounds to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
The inheritance comes two years
after Mr Churchill 56, received 12.250,000 pounds of National lottery
funds to secure his grandfather's papers for the nation although most
historians assumed the country already owned them.
It will soften the blow of the
collapse of Mr Churchill's political career which appeared absolute
yesterday. His constituency, Davyhulme, has disappeared in the
boundary changes. Reigate, the last true blue Conservative
association to select a candidate for the general election decided
not to include the grandson of the war time leader on its 15 list
short list. Labour urged Mr Churchill last night to pay back the
Brian Wilson... a front
bencher, said: "This confirms that Mr Churchill doesn't exactly need
the lottery money. "Perhaps he should examine his conscience."
Harriman's four grandchildren
receive $250,000 (I56,000 pounds ) and Lord Digby, her brother, was
left $100,000. The two gardeners, the butler, the cook and the
chauffeur were bequeathed, as much as $20,000 each in the will. But
Janet Howard, a constant companion and personal assistant since 1980
is left without a cent.
Let faith, not
guide our steps.
February 19th 1997
Churchill's new fortune from
THE Tory MP Winston Churchill
yesterday received yet another windfall thanks to his impressive
lineage after his late mother, Pamela Harriman, left him a multi
million dollar fortune in her will.
Mrs Harriman, the former US.
ambassador to France who has been-described as one the greatest
courtesans of the 20th century, left $10 million (6.2 million pounds)
to her only son which he must share with his estranged wife
Mr Churchill will not however
inherit one of Mrs Harriman's most valuable possessions, a Van Gogh
painting said to be worth 50 million pounds which will go to the
National Gallery of Art in Washington.
It was the only charitable gift
in the will.
Last year Mr Churchill, whose
Davyhulme seat was wiped out by boundary changes, received 12.5
million pounds from lottery money following the controversial sale of
his grandfather's wartime papers. But his latest millions will prove
far more useful than his lottery takings, which his uncle, Peregrine
Churchill, who controls the family trust, forbade him from using to
fund his divorce settlement.
Mr Churchill is said to need
4.5 million pounds to pay off his wife, Mary "Minnie" D'Erlanger,
whom he married in 1964, and set up trust funds for their three
children. He would then be free then to move on and marry his
"Belgian-born mistress, Luce Danielson.
Mr Churchill, whose former
mistress Soraya Khashoggi, the former wife of arms dealer Adnan, and
the American socialite Jan Cushing, has yet to find a new
He could have inherited at
least 15 times as much off his late mother had she not squandered her
last husband's estate through a string of unwise investments and
expensive legal battles with her stepdaughters.
Mr Churchill. the namesake and
grandson of Britain's wartime prime minister, was born to Mrs
Harriman by her first marriage to Randolph Churchill. After several
affairs with the rich and powerful Washington, she married Averell
Harriman who died in 1986.
THE DAILY MAIL
February 20, 1997
By SAM HARRIS
Mrs Churchill and her estranged
husband, Tory MP Winston, are to share the bulk of his mother's
£6.2 million estate. The Inheritance marks the last remnants of
a financial empire which dwindled away during her final years.
Just two years ago, her fortune
was estimated at more than £40 million - money left by her
husband, former New York governor Averell Harriman, who died in 1986.
But Mrs Harriman, America's ambassador to France, who died in Paris
earlier this month, fought a long legal battle with her husband's
children and grandchildren who accused of her of wasting £20
million. Much of the money is said to have gone into bad investments;
support for the Democratic party, lavish parties and the upkeep of
Two months ago, Mrs Harriman,
76, drew up her last will and testament and decided that most of what
was left would go to the only child from her brief wartime marriage
to Winston Churchill's son Randolph.
Although her son and his wife
separated two years ago, the will specifically grants them joint
ownership of her estates in Virginia Washington and upstate New York,
along with Jewels, clothing and furniture. And as parting gestures
go, it was a very clever one. From one woman to another, it was a
simple sign of genuine affection and regard, but from a mother to a
son it was a gentle rebuke.
She was upset by his decision
to divorce Mary, known affectionately as Minnie, after a 32-year
marriage which had seen her endure the string of her husband's secret
and not-so-secret mistresses.
Mrs Harriman made her
disapproval very clear when her son suddenly left his long- suffering
wife two years ago for a new love, blonde Chelsea jewellery maker
She had always got on well with
merchant banker's daughter Minnie and was said to have taken an
instant dislike to Belgian-born divorcee Miss Danielson.
Now Minnie, the mother of Mr
Churchill's four children, can have the last laugh as he is forced to
share his £6.2 million inheritance with her.
For years she maintained a
dignified silence and was a constant support to her husband, even
though he conducted a string of very public affairs. His mistresses
included Soraya Khashoggi, former wife of arms dealer Adnan, who
revealed in 1980 that she had enjoyed a secret five-year affair with
To add insult to injury, she
made her admiration of his lovemaking abilities very public - calling
him a 'super lover'.
In 1992, he had a ten-month
affair with Jan Cushing, a New York heiress he met at a hall in
Then came the final insult when
he finally left her in March last year for the woman he wants to
marry and have by his side at his mother's funeral.
In her will Mrs Harriman also
left her four grandchildren - Randolph, 31, Jack, 21, Jennies, 29,
and Marina, 28 - about £150,000 each. There also bequests to her
chauffeur, cook, and two gardeners. Her most valuable painting, Van
Gogh's White- Roses, worth about £50 million, goes to the
National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Winston S. Churchill - Sir
Winston's grandson - was presented by his mother, Mrs Pamela Harriman
with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Westminster College,
It is quite improper that
Winston Churchill (Junior) is a trustee of THE WINSTON CHURCHILL
It is improper that with his
aunt, family relatives and their friends (all unelected); they should
control the publicly owned and funded WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL
It is improper that they are
able - just by virtue of their parentage - to patronise the public
with the public's own money.
By their greed and bad
behaviour they taint the Trust.
The Winston Churchill Memorial
Trust was funded by the people in honour of Churchill's great