Churchill's words lifted morale of entire nation at war
The Western Morning News letters page must be almost unique in the range of subjects covered and the levels of certainty with which views are expressed.
Most are genuine, but the odd one has a mischievous ring about it. The ones which make my blood boil are those which denigrate or are totally dismissive of the England which existed prior to 1950. They appear to be written almost exclusively by people who were not there. I will never come to terms with the idea of any form of political, judicial or regulatory control of this country's affairs by any offshore organisation. I regard the signing of the Treaty of Rome and its follow-ups in Maastrict and Lisbon as the ultimate treachery.
The advice given by one recent correspondent to "get used to scrutiny by the European Union, it's here to stay" is arrogance typical of the supporters of this monstrous talking shop.
I will never accept the premise that mass and unrestricted immigration has been beneficial and is not responsible for the virtual annihilation of England as a home for the English. There are now so many diverse cultures and religions here that future bitter and potentially disastrous disputes are inevitable.
The idea that the entire populations of more than 20 European countries can move around, live and work in any of those countries without restriction is too ludicrous to contemplate.
Our wet-lettuce leaders refuse to accept that the educated and skilful will go where there is good money to be earned and the rest will head for the benefits. A country where benefits can offer a better standard of living than working is a natural magnet, not only to the EU but to the rest of the world's 'have-nots'.
For an Exeter University Professor to have the gall to publish a book questioning the effect on public morale of the wartime speeches of Winston Churchill beggars belief. Did Professor Toye ever hear the scream of falling bombs every night for months on end, live in an Anderson shelter for 12 hours every night, witness the burning London Docks lighting up the city for 20 miles, see the newly flattened streets every morning, watch the flight of a V1 flying bomb, knowing that if the engine stopped it would dive into whatever neighbourhood it was passing over, with devastating effect, or hear the huge explosion of a V2 rocket and see the carnage when the dust cleared?
My guess is that he is far too young and his information comes from the study of second-hand accounts written by other academics. I, and hundreds of thousands of other citizens, experienced these events, and I know how much people's spirits were lifted by Churchill's broadcast speeches.
Snide remarks by self-important schoolmasters cannot disparage Churchill's leadership or the effect of his words on the morale of the nation.
A nation which few modern academics would recognise.