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Granddaughter's DefenSe of War PM (Neville Chamberlain)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/8234049.stm ^ | 9/3/09 | Lynne French

Posted on 09/03/2009 5:07:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway

On the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has defended his response to the threat posed by Hitler.

Chamberlain became prime minister in 1937 when Stanley Baldwin retired following the abdication of Edward VIII. He had been a Conservative MP for 19 years, some of which were served in senior ministerial positions, including chancellor. However, many historians believe Chamberlain's legacy as prime minister was tainted by his government's policy of appeasement towards Hitler. But Mary de Vere Taylor, who lives in Ashburton, Devon, has defended her grandfather, describing him as a "peace-loving man" who was unjustly denigrated. Chamberlain's policy of appeasement culminated in Britain and France agreeing that the Czech region of Sudetenland should be ceded to Germany. 'Bitter blow' When a non-aggression pact was signed in Munich in September 1938, Chamberlain arrived back in the UK declaring the accord with the Germans signalled "peace for our time". He told Parliament the pact had "averted a catastrophe which would have ended civilization as we have known it".

The pact stated Adolf Hitler's desire never to go to war with Britain again, but less than a year later, his Nazi troops invaded Poland and on 3 September 1939, Chamberlain was forced to declare war on Germany.

Mary de Vere Taylor would like her grandfather's achievements recognized.

In his declaration of war, broadcast to the nation, Chamberlain said: "You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me that all my long struggle to win peace has failed.

"Yet I cannot believe that there is anything more, or anything different, that I could have done."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Germany; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: appeasment; chamberlain; sourcetitlenoturl; worldwarii

1 posted on 09/03/2009 5:07:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

what achievements would those be??


2 posted on 09/03/2009 5:09:07 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: nickcarraway
Wow. Talk about stuck on stupid!!!

And yet another fine example of British socialized dentistry as well.

3 posted on 09/03/2009 5:12:06 PM PDT by skikvt (Green is the new red.)
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To: rahbert

We recognize his achievement of failure each and every day as an example of what not to do.

I’m sure he was a find grandfather, remembered Christmas, birthdays and pulled her in a wagon. As a world leader.... he failed.


4 posted on 09/03/2009 5:16:11 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: nickcarraway

This needs to be posted alongside Buchanan’s recent apologia for Hitler.


5 posted on 09/03/2009 5:18:00 PM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: nickcarraway
"Yet I cannot believe that there is anything more, or anything different, that I could have done."

Even in hindsight he was a naive idiot.

6 posted on 09/03/2009 5:18:08 PM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism enslaves you & kills your soul.)
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To: nickcarraway
She is right about one thing...Chamberlain and his "piece of paper" did buy Britain time to prepare for war.

September 3rd 1939....my Christening day!

7 posted on 09/03/2009 5:20:31 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: nickcarraway
Lady... the picture of Neville waving that piece of crap paper that I wouldn't even use to wipe myself... is for eternity...

And the fact that Neville sold Czechoslovakia down the river and embolden Hitler to start WW2... is forever too...

8 posted on 09/03/2009 5:20:35 PM PDT by John123 (If Teddy was the lion of the senate... then we were the prey.)
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"Yet I cannot believe that there is anything more, or anything different, that I could have done."

Well, Neville, that's because you're an a$$hole

9 posted on 09/03/2009 5:24:09 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Buck Ofama!!)
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To: skikvt

Yes. I was going to say that she is cheerful and good looking except for those British dentist-neglected teeth.

As for defending Chamberlain, well, sure, he meant well. Unfortunately, however, he screwed up.


10 posted on 09/03/2009 5:25:37 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: nickcarraway; skikvt

11 posted on 09/03/2009 5:28:47 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: nickcarraway
I've got news for Mary de Vere Taylor: Her grandfather was a fool.

And so were his supporters.

"Yet I cannot believe that there is anything more, or anything different, that I could have done."

And with this remark, Neville Chamberlain revealed that he was even a bigger fool than he had previously revealed (which is saying plenty!). He couldn't even see the truth in hindsight!

Chamberlain did one thing for the people of the world: He showed what happens to appeasers and to those who follow fools.

This lesson is lost on millions of people in the world today--who are obviously fools themselves. It seems to be lost on Mary.

By they way, Mary, the vast majority of people are peace loving. Some of us are intelligent and wise and learn the lessons of history. Some are fools.

Winston Churchill was peace loving!

12 posted on 09/03/2009 5:29:24 PM PDT by Savage Beast
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To: Cicero

Wasn’t Chamberlain also responsible for outlawing dentistry in England ?


13 posted on 09/03/2009 5:29:42 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

However, once Churchill was named Prime Minister, Chamberlain not only stepped graciously aside, but acknowledged his mistakes in dealing with Hitler, and backed his successor to the hilt for the short interval left for him to live.

Chamberlain had been naive, but he was later proven to be a man of honor. Unlike Jimmah Carter, Neville C. didn’t spend the rest of his days kicking his successor(s) in the shins.


14 posted on 09/03/2009 5:31:56 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: elcid1970

I agree.

And furthermore, Chamberlain wasn’t actively trying to dismantle his country and deliver it in pieces to his enemies, like some modern er...ahem...”leaders” today are doing.


15 posted on 09/03/2009 5:51:34 PM PDT by rlmorel (Mary Jo Kopechne is now available for comment.-August 25, 2009)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Bad British Teeth website:

http://britishteeth.co.uk/


16 posted on 09/03/2009 5:55:58 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: nickcarraway

He was well meaning but an epic failure. Sorry Mary, the truth hurts. Hitler played him like fiddle.


17 posted on 09/03/2009 5:56:13 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Cicero

Il recall (with intended tongue-in-cheek) as Ann Coulter pointed out in a pithy quote which I have to paraphrase: “At least Neville Chamberlain didn’t have himself as an example...”


18 posted on 09/03/2009 6:11:11 PM PDT by rlmorel (Mary Jo Kopechne is now available for comment.-August 25, 2009)
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To: nickcarraway
"He [Chamberlain] didn't approve of Hitler, but...wrongly believed he would honour his word."

That is the same mistake the US State Department makes with Kim Jong-il, Ahmanutjob, Putin, etc.

19 posted on 09/03/2009 6:35:05 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: Churchillspirit
She is right about one thing...Chamberlain and his "piece of paper" did buy Britain time to prepare for war.

Unfortunately, they also bouight even more precious time for the little socialist corporal with the small mustache.

Additionally, France's socialist labor unions took this exact time to strike, fatally weakening her reamament program.

It was a losing proposition that laid the groundwork for the Molotov-Ribentrop (Socialist-Socialist) pact that alloewed the war to start.

20 posted on 09/03/2009 6:43:01 PM PDT by Castlebar
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To: rahbert

he transferred the Czech arms manufacture to Germany without a fight. On the other hand, he began rebuilding Britain’s defenses (to include the ChainHome Radar) after years of neglect by PM Baldwin.


21 posted on 09/04/2009 12:01:28 AM PDT by donmeaker (Invicto)
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To: nickcarraway
Thanks nickcarraway.
22 posted on 09/14/2009 7:28:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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