What Was Churchill's Attitude To Change

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Churchill had always stood as a firm supporter of Free Trade, and continued to stand as a prominent supporter of Free Trade, even as the Conservatives gradually began to regain their senses, many joining Chamberlain. Churchill continued to sit with the Conservatives, but, in his own words, as quoted Violet Bonham Carter, became a “declared opponent of the present government.” The Liberals gradually gained power, and would continue to do so. Because of these events, Churchill executed a bold move. In May, 1904, Churchill crossed the floor and joined the Liberals. (Carter 84, 87, 89, 100) His decision to join the Liberals proved to be an excellent choice. He soon received high offices under Prime Minister Asquith, including Home Secretary and…show more content…
Churchill displayed his newfound conservativism prominently, condemning the trade unions during the general strike of 1926 and returning Britain to the gold standard when he resided as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Simon Heffer wrote that the latter decision proved to be a horrendous mistake. Exports declined. Deflation grew in the economy. Although Churchill consulted economists about the decision pre-change, he disregarded many of the economists’ advice against the change. Because of this, he drew vehement attacks as the negative effects of the change began. Churchill himself considered this decision to be the worst mistake of his life.…show more content…
With his magnificent speeches, charisma, and brilliant, bold strategic decisions, he earned himself a name as indelible as a man’s name can be during his time. When Churchill lost the next elections, most people expressed surprise. These outcomes, however, proved to be best, for when Churchill returned to premiership twice in the 1950s he proved a generally ineffective leader. Despite his ineffectiveness during the fifties, Winston Churchill is considered one of the most important and respected historical figures of the twentieth century. His persistence and boldness helped make the world today the world it is. Without him, Britain might have fallen to the Nazis. Such a prominent World Power falling would certainly have changed history. Churchill’s stubbornness and boldness ruined his career in many cases, especially when he was in the admiralty. But it saved Britain. A less persistent man might have surrendered during the war. But Churchill never gave in. Despite all of his flaws and all of his mistakes, the world owes Churchill a debt, and his speeches continue to inspire
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