We need to talk about Churchill
With Winston Churchill making an appearance on British bank notes it really is a good time to talk about Churchill, and not in the sycophantic way that floppy haired Tories like to gush over the former Prime Minister. Churchill is far from the untouchable war hero he is often made out to be. In reality he was a racist, sexist, elitist snob that quite possibly has one of the least well deserved reputations of any historical figure.
Winston Churchill made no secret of his racism, stating to Leo Amery, “I hate Indians…They are a beastly people with a beastly religion”. The racism didn’t stop at insults, Churchill was an advocate of genocide, he said that “I do not admit…that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia… by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race…has come in and taken its place” and “I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes”. This genocidal attitude towards everyone that wasn’t white manifested itself when Churchill was in power with famine in India. The policy of Rice Denial during World War Two was essentially an order from Churchill to starve India. Millions of people in India died as a result of the imperialist actions by Britain. Churchill even attempted to blame the famine on Indians themselves by claiming that Indians were “breeding like rabbits”. Churchill saw Indians as nothing more than animals that he could treat as he wished for the good of the British Empire. So a quick glance at Churchill’s foreign policy shows us that there’s going to be a white supremacist on the £5 note.
On top of the genocide, Churchill also viewed eugenics favourably and held anti-Semitic views. Churchill advocated sterilization of those he deemed “feeble minded” and stated that “the Feeble-Minded and Insane classes…constitutes a national and race danger which it is impossible to exaggerate”. Churchill’s anti-Semitism becomes apparent when we look at his attitude towards the USSR. He thought of the Soviet Union as a “world wide communistic state under Jewish domination”. With the genocide, eugenics and anti-Semitism Churchill would find himself well placed in the fascist parties that history sees him as being the scourge of. Churchill was also a sexist pig as he believed women should not have the right to vote. Basically any prejudice that shapes the opinions of any small minded moron Churchill probably subscribed to it.
Churchill’s finest hour is believed to be his contribution to the victory of World War Two. I believe Churchill’s supposed key role in defeating Nazi Germany in World War Two is little more than a myth perpetuated by those who like to inspire a patriotic pride in Great Britain using Churchill’s charisma and highly air polished war aims. Britain’s war aims were to preserve the British Empire and assisting in the fight against Nazi Germany was a means of doing this. The idea that Britain’s war was fought to rid Europe of fascism and save the Jewish people of Europe from persecution seems trivial given the way that Britain behaved towards its colonial subjects and that atrocities against Jewish people were largely ignored in the British war effort. Liberating the Jewish population of Europe only really became a British aim after the war. Churchill was not one of those that fought, he was not one of those that had their homes and possessions destroyed, he was not one of those that died fighting. He was a figurehead that loathed the poor and was indifferent to their suffering as he lived in comfort and occasionally made a radio broadcast.
What putting Winston Churchill on the £5 note shows is that Britain is a society built on the idea of white supremacy. The “legal” killing of Mark Duggan is just one of the latest indicators of Britain’s entrenched racism and Churchill, an embodiment of everything vile about Britain, appearing on the £5 just confirms that the ruling classes of Britain are proud of the country’s racist past and present.