Dateline: London, June 18, 1940 -- The following are the chamber remarks of the fictional Lord Harold Reid (whose fictional grandson in the 21st century would become leader of the fictional Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate).
"I regret to have to stand up tonight, on the day of defeat at the hands of the Germans of our French ally's armies at Sedan and on the Meuse River to observe that on this solemn occasion, Prime Minister Winston Churchill has chosen to politicize and cheapen the moment. Permit me to perform just a brief exegesis of his speech, which his right-wing Press Baron friend Lord Murdoch has quickly labeled 'The Finest Hour' speech in the London Times.
"Right out of the gate Churchill starts making political excuses when he says: 'There are many who would hold an inquest in the House of Commons on the conduct of the Governments. ... This would be a foolish and pernicious process ... Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.' Balderdash. Churchill can't get out of it so neatly. We need to hold hearings to determine exactly who is at fault in the government. There must be no cover up for those who deserve a dressing down. Herr Hitler will just have to wait until we have decided what is what.
"For example, Mr. Churchill glibly states: 'During the last few days we have successfully brought off the great majority of the troops we had on the line of communication in France; and seven-eighths of troops we have sent to France since the beginning of the war -- that is to say, about 350,000 out of the 400,000 men -- are safely back in this country.'
"Outrageous! What the rather too well-lunched Mr. Churchill doesn't mention is that he has squandered and lost 50,000 of Britain's finest men on the filthy frog- and snail-infested fields of France. Protecting democracy in France? Pish and piffle. Two Empires and three broken republics in three generations. Democracy is wasted on the French. Worse, he has only created Nazi enemies where before there were none. Let the record before the House of Lords show that when we declared war on Germany last September, there wasn't a single Nazi soldier in France. Now, there are over a million -- while 50,000 of our best lay dead or terribly injured. Churchill's cheap argument that it is better to fight the Nazis over there in France so we won't have to fight them here at home -- is coming a cropper. According to Reuters's Berlin desk, proud young German men started lining up at the Army recruiting stations when they read in Der Stuermer that Churchill had Jewish friends who were egging him on to fight Hitler.
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