The Days Ahead, Speech by the Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill at the Ibrox Park Stadium, Glasgow, 20th May 1949. Winston S. Churchill.
The Days Ahead, Speech by the Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill at the Ibrox Park Stadium, Glasgow, 20th May 1949
The Days Ahead, Speech by the Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill at the Ibrox Park Stadium, Glasgow, 20th May 1949
The Days Ahead, Speech by the Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill at the Ibrox Park Stadium, Glasgow, 20th May 1949

The Days Ahead, Speech by the Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill at the Ibrox Park Stadium, Glasgow, 20th May 1949

London: Conservative and Unionist Central Office, 1949. First edition, only printing. Pamphlet. This is the first edition, only printing of Churchill's speech at Ibrox Park Stadium in Glasgow on 20 May 1949. Moreover, this appears to be the only available full text of this speech; only a short excerpt appears in Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, Volume VII, p.7822 under the title "Labour's Nationalization Policy: Caprice and Greed". The pamphlet cover features a photograph of "Part of the huge crowd... listening to Mr. Winston Churchill." The 20-page wire-stitched pamphlet measures 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches (21.6 x 14 cm) and is bound in coated paper wraps. Condition is very good plus. The fragile wraps binding remains complete and firmly attached, the single binding staple firm and uncorroded, the wraps with no loss or tears. We note light soiling and trivial creasing the upper right and lower left corners. The contents are crisp and clean with no previous ownership marks and no spotting, only mildly age-toned. The pamphlet is protected within a removable, clear, archival sleeve. On 20 May 1949, Churchill was speaking as head of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition against the Labor government of Prime Minister Clement Attlee, who had served as Churchill’s Deputy Prime Minister during the Second World War. This lengthy speech is a scathing indictment of Socialist policies: "The essence of the political disaster which befell Britain in 1945 lies in the fact that Socialism is a fallacy... it is not in harmony with the facts of human nature, and it is incompatible with the freedom, variety, progress and prosperity of a modern civilised society. It is a historic fact that Socialism has never succeeded anywhere at any time in the world." That the Conservative Party was led by and dependent upon Churchill was rather remarkable. Churchill had famously left the Conservative Party in 1904, not returning until 1924. Despite this return, Churchill warred with, and was ostracized by, the Conservatives throughout most of the 1930s. Only the cataclysmic failure of Chamberlain and his fellow Conservative appeasers allowed Churchill to become Prime Minister and lead the Conservative Party during the Second world War. But despite his war leadership and his personal popularity, Churchill’s Conservative Party arguably cost him his hard-fought premiership. Four years before giving this speech, despite having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour’s landslide victory over the Conservatives in the July 1945 General Election. It is noteworthy that the same election saw Churchill’s own constituency re-elect him with a landslide margin in his favor. Churchill would be relegated to Leader of the Opposition for more than six years until the October 1951 General Election, when Churchill’s Conservatives outpaced Labour, returning Churchill to 10 Downing Street for his second and final premiership. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A244, Woods A127. Item #005694

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