Sunday 24 February 2019

Ian O'Doherty: 'Churchill row shows it's not just snowflakes keen to stamp out dissent'

Piers Morgan (PA)
Piers Morgan (PA)
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

In times of revisionism, such as the one we're currently experiencing, all bets are off - and that can only be a good thing.

The current mood to re-evaluate everything and everyone from the past can frequently be ridiculous beyond belief. But anything which challenges pieties and comfortable myths should always be embraced.

But Winston Churchill?

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Shouldn't Churchill, at least, be safe from the scrutiny of the new crusaders who seem convinced that everyone born before 1980 was a racist, sexist, imperialist monster?

Apparently not.

A young Green politician in Scotland has managed to make a name for himself with some heroically daft criticisms of the most important democratic leader the United Kingdom has ever had.

According to Ross Greer, Churchill shouldn't be celebrated at all because he was a "white supremacist and a mass murderer".

The genius then went on to point out that Stalin did most of the heavy lifting when it came to defeating Nazis - as if nobody was already aware of that fact.

In many ways, the furious response from the likes of Piers Morgan are more interesting than the remarks themselves because it shows that the so-called 'right' is just as eager to clamp down on dissent as their much maligned 'snowflake' opponents.

Greer may well be an eejit.

He may well have been showboating for a bit of attention, as has been claimed.

But that's neither here nor there - the calls to have him expelled from his party and to be permanently exiled from the main street of political life are just as pathetic as any Twitter mob which loses their marbles and demands someone be sacked because they were rude about transgender people.

We all know that no historical figure is free of blemishes.

After all, Gandhi's views on black Africans, which saw him refer to them as "indolent savages" wallowing in their "nakedness" would have him arrested for hate crimes today.

In fact, his statue was removed from one university in Ghana in December by outraged students.

But whatever you think about Churchill's record in India, he fought to keep democracy alive in the western world.

And in a democracy, it is up to the people who voted Greer in to now vote him out if they so choose.

No matter how annoyed Piers Morgan happens to be.

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