From Joad To Corbyn – via Churchill

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has caused national media apoplexy by not singing the national anthem, such as The Daily Telegraph front page, “Corbyn snubs Queen and country” (Sept 16) – and triggered the ire of Winston Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames MP (“Corbyn under fire for silence during anthem”, Argus, Sept 17)

South Downs philosopher Cyril Joad caused similar media outrage in 1933 – and angered Winston Churchill – when he won a controversial Oxford Union Debate:

“That under no circumstances will we fight for King and Country”

What can we expect next from Jeremy Corbyn, which is likely to provoke further media attacks?

‘Professor’ Joad took part in – and won – the 1950 Oxford Union Debate. Picture courtesy of the Estate of Robin Day – “Grand Inquisitor, Memoirs” by Sir Robin Day (c) 1989

A clue might be found at another controversial Oxford Union Debate in 1950 – which ‘Professor’ Joad also won, and which angered and outraged Winston Churchill’s son Randolph:

“That this House regrets the influence exercised by the U.S. as the dominant power among the democratic nations”


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