I’ve begun the process of drawing attention to Churchill’s extensive links to Scotland.
Efforts include widespread national news coverage and an extensive number of columns and features. I’ve also assembled a team to work on one of the first books on the subject.
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
INTERNATIONAL CHURCHILL SOCIETY
BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
Remember the man, not the myth series
Part 1: Debunking the cult of Churchill
Using primary sources to explore the statesman’s life and work.
Part 2: Churchill as a military leader
A look at Churchill’s reputation as a boorish war leader with a penchant for expeditions over expediency. Is it justified?
Part 3: Churchill the actor
For all his flaws and quirks, Churchill makes for an infinitely more interesting character study than the heavily redacted, and catastrophically cliched, caricature of a stoic leader with a jutted jaw and cigar.
Alastair calls for a more significant distinction between the real and apocryphal stories about Churchill.
Part 5: A heavy drinker?
Examining Churchill’s reputation as a heavy drinker.
Part 6: The real price of ale
If Churchill wasn’t an alcoholic, but if he fanned tall drinking tales about himself, then what was he at heart?
Exploring Churchill’s post-war role as a peacemaker.
What ‘The Dream’ can tell us about Churchill’s relationship with the father he thought never believed in him.
The many Churchills, the many Europes.
Part 10: Churchill on our doorstep
Where are the books dedicated to Churchill and Scotland?
THE SOL TIMES
International Churchill Society
I pitched an article that became the basis for a dedicated edition of ‘Finest Hour’ focussing on Churchill’s connections with Scotland.
I wrote the leading feature considering why the Scots have forsaken Churchill. I also coordinated the Scottish PR campaign to raise awareness of the edition including the research appeal.
The edition included a foreward by former prime minister Gordon Brown.
Dedicated landing page: http://winstonchurchill.org/finest-hour-scotland/
Press release: Churchill’s Scottish links explored on St. Andrew’s Day
BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
The Times: It’s time for Scotland to reclaim Winston Churchill (PDF)
Edinburgh Evening News: Churchill’s Scottish connections run deeper than we may think
The Daily Record: History’s greatest Englishman Winston Churchill was really ‘a Scot’
Third Force News: Churchill’s Scottish links explored
Scottish Field: Bid to uncover Churchill’s untold Scots connections
North Edinburgh News: Churchill and Scotland: First scholarly research appeal launched
North Edinburgh News: Churchill’s close friendship with an SNP founder remembered
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Alastair is a public affairs consultant and freelance writer. He regularly writes about politics, history and culture with a particular interest in Winston Churchill’s links to Scotland.