(Original post by Nigel Farage MEP)
I may be in the minority here but I think Churchill has his achievements overplayed. He is regularly voted a great wartime Prime Minister but during his second term he didn't really do much apart from smoke and drink. Even during the war he only issued speeches to unite a nation. Most of the war planning, and organisation was all done by women, and the military. I think any Prime Minister serving during the same time as Churchill under the same conditions would be as popular. In other words, Churchill's popularity does not come from his achievements, but from the events happening at the time of his term. Anything British from WWII is seen as being popular.
I can not agree with you on this – there seems to be a lot more to his brilliance than that. I'm unable to judge his political career in terms of specific acts and their influence on the nation's well-being but considering his difficult childhood, impressive military service, accurate political foresight (he was able to predict Hitler's behaviour and see through Stalin, unlike Roosevelt), excellent decisions during his tenures as First Lord of the Admiralty that greatly contributed to the British victory, or involvement in field activities (I think he visited the beaches of Normandy like six days after D-Day and he would have come sooner but the King did not let him), I think he was quite an admirable person.
His contribution to boosting the morale of the British people during WWII was very important and the amount of energy it cost him is mind-blowing. The documentary said he was so busy that he only slept around four hours a day and when he had a heart attack, he kept it secret and ignored his doctor's recommendation to rest because he did not want the people to get distracted and lose confidence in their ability to win the war. People need leaders and he was incredibly good at being one!
Why did you emphasised the role of women in war planning and organisation? Sure, Churchill was not a military strategist but as far as I know, women worked largely in factories and I don't know a single female military officer famous for some achievement. In fact I know no female military officer at all…
Anyway, he remains a very respectable and inspirational person to me and his sheer dedication and strong will to achieve his goals despite some misfortunes are enough to grant him that status.
Compared to him, modern politicians are a disgusting joke