bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, July 25, 2005

From a grub to a queen

There was a fascinating BBC Radio 4 programme (To Win the Peace) on at the weekend (heard while extracting honey) presented by John Cole about why Winston Churchill, the most popular man in the country, lost the 1945 British Election. In short, Churchill was being influenced by right-wing Tories, but British society had undergone a social revolution during the war and while grateful to Churchill wanted none of the 1930's Tories.

There were several choice pieces -- one (repeated here), Churchill's assessment of Clement Attlee, the first Labour Prime Minister:

Harold Macmillan reminisced that when Churchill was once told that Clement Attlee had performed well as PM, he replied that “if any grub is fed on Royal Jelly it turns into a Queen Bee”.


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