A charity named after Sir Winston Churchill has provoked anger by rebranding itself criticising his opinions on race with one furious official stating that it beggars belief that the man who saved his nation in our darkest hour finds himself cancelled in this way.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has removed images of the wartime leader from its website and is changing its name to the Churchill Fellowship.
Trustees have agreed to change its name to the Churchill Fellowship and erase him from its website in a new woke storm that has sparked anger towards Julia Weston, the charity’s £100,000 a year chief executive whose face appears repeatedly across the website when Sir Winston doesn’t.
Loyal volunteers at the trust said it was rewriting history and pointed out the former prime minister had often been declared the greatest Briton of all time.
Julia Weston has been accused of pursuing a leftie woke agenda and announced the changes in an email to staff three weeks ago, claiming for some time they’ve known that their previous name was confusing as it didn’t reflect what they were about. She also said the charity would focus more on addressing inequality and protecting the environment.
An official statement on the trust’s website said that today there’s debate about aspects of Sir Winston’s life and that many of his opinions on race were broadly viewed as unacceptable, and the view that they share. In the statement it said that left-wing activists have gunned for Sir Winston Churchill for years, accusing him of racism, highlighting his links to Britain’s colonial past and even comparing him to Adolf Hitler, the monstrous authoritarian he helped defeat. His statue in Parliament Square was also defaced during London’s BLM demonstrations.
The charity, which finances academic research and whose chairman is Sir Winston’s grandson Jeremy Soames, was set up using essentially contributions after his demise in 1965, amid an emission of grief and financial donations from a grateful nation who wanted to remember Britain’s greatest ever prime minister.
But Labour candidate Benjamin Whittingham tweeted that Winston Churchill was a racist and white supremacist. And Sir Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill’s grandson was outraged, and Benjamin Whittingham’s Conservative opponent Ben Wallace labelled the remarks ignorant and incredibly insulting.
The tweet was removed and the Labour Party said it didn’t represent the opinion of the Labour Party, and that he apologised unreservedly if it had caused any displeasure.
We need to remember our history, not rewrite it, and this is senseless and shocking because Sir Winston Churchill did so much for the British people and was a man of his time, and if it were not for past things, things would not be what they are today.
We need to respect our history, our beliefs, our heritage, our successes of the past, not slaughter them, and it seems that Britain has become utterly diabolical and insane, and if Winston Churchill hadn’t been in government during World War II, we either wouldn’t be here or you would be seeing jackboots up and down every high street in the United Kingdom, and our language would be German.
And if we open up a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we’ve lost the future – Winston Churchill.
This is hypocritical and two-faced to drop Winston’s name but to keep the charity. If he was that bad, then close the charity down altogether, but they won’t do that because then they’d be left without well-paid jobs.