19 July 2015
Interesting week. Who'd have thought that a small, insignificant socialist called Hollande could - just maybe - have saved the whole of Europe from disaster by helping Greece. 75 years ago another small, insignificant socialist called Arthur Greenwood persuaded the British war cabinet to make the right decision: not to appease Nazi Germany. It was 1940 and the newly-elected Winston Churchill was chairing an urgent meeting. At the table was Lord Halifax, a man supported by the King - who thought that he rather than Churchill should be PM - who said that the best plan for Britain, one that would save many lives, was to negotiate with Hitler. However, up stepped insignificant socialist Greenwood who said No, never. Europe would be finished. TG he swung the vote the right way. In their way both Greenwood and now Hollande could well have saved Europe from absolute catastrophe: not by fighting on the beaches but by saying the right word to the right person at the right time. Something worth remembering.