I'm reading Roy Jenkins' excellent biography of the great man at the moment, and I thought I'd start a general thread on WSC.
So, what do the good people of politics.ie think of him? Irish Republicans, Unionists, admirers and detractors of empire, share your thoughts!
His oratory was stupendous, as were his literary abilities. According to Jenkins, he completed 70,000 words of his History of the English Speaking Peoples in four weeks - this during the late 1930s.
He appears to have warmed significantly to Michael Collins, and his wife Clementine urged him during the Treaty negotiations to put himself "in the place of the Irish."
He was a master of one-liners, a good example being in Canada in December 1941 where a journalist asked how soon the war would end. "If we manage it well," he said, "it will be over twice as quickly than if we manage it badly." 8)