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What the row over Winston Churchill’s legacy is really about

The debate over Churchill isn’t really about the man. It's about an icon—and what the values we instil in him can tell us about ourselves

By Penny Andrews  

We like great men to be either heroes or villains, so they can tell us something about ourselves. Photo: PA

Soon everyone who was alive during WWII will be dead, so people can’t keep saying “we fought a war, you know.” We have well-researched history books and articles, folk memory, and the sort of history Michael Portillo favoured in his 1995 speech:  that of “heroes and bravery, of good versus evil, of freedom against tyranny. Of Nelson, Wellington, and Churchill.”

This week, we’ve seen that what Winston Churchill actually…

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