Another One From Pink Cake

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

    Winston Churchill
    speech at the Lord Mayor’s Day Luncheon
    London (November 10, 1942)

The one I was looking for?

No, that Scorpio isn’t it.

The one I was looking for appears to be Churchill apocrypha, as in, no reliable source. The way the anecdote was presented to me?

Scene — London, House of Parliament, ravages of war all around.
Lady Astor (female MP): The Prime Minister is drunk!

    Winston Churchill: Yes madam, and you are ugly.
    LA: But the Prime Minister drunk!
    WC: Yes madam, and you are ugly.
    LA: The Prime Minister drunk!
    WC: Yes madam, and you are ugly.
    LA: Lords! The Prime Minister is drunk!
    WC: Yes madam, and you are ugly.
    LA: But the Prime Minister drunk!
    WC: Yes madam, and in the morning I will be sober.

The snippet of dialogue came from a tenured history professor, but the anecdote was not presented as fact. Inter-web searches seemed to indicate it was not a true story. Zero supporting evidence.

Verisimilitude? Sure.

I write horoscopes and I fish. No expects the gods’ honest truth from me.

The long bit attributed to Churchill comes as a follow-up to current conditions.


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