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 We desire to be judged only by results

Winston Churchill.

House of Commons
February 11th 1943

THE TIMES NEWSPAPER
19th February 1997

By Andrew Pierce & Tom Rhodes

 

WINSTON CHURCHILL who spent most of his life living in the shadow of his glamorous mother Pamela Harriman, was left $10 million (6.2 million pounds) in her will it was disclosed yesterday.

But in the will signed only one month before her death last month Harriman stipulated that he must share the estate with Minnie, his estranged wife.

Harriman, the former US Ambassador to France, was the lover of some of the world's richest men but took a dim view of her son's decision to leave his wife of 31 years for another woman in 1994.

The displeasure of the thrice-married Harriman was underlined by the decision to leave her most valuable asset, Van Gogh's White Roses valued at 50 million pounds to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

The inheritance comes two years after Mr Churchill 56, received 12.250,000 pounds of National lottery funds to secure his grandfather's papers for the nation although most historians assumed the country already owned them.

It will soften the blow of the collapse of Mr Churchill's political career which appeared absolute yesterday. His constituency, Davyhulme, has disappeared in the boundary changes. Reigate, the last true blue Conservative association to select a candidate for the general election decided not to include the grandson of the war time leader on its 15 list short list. Labour urged Mr Churchill last night to pay back the lottery millions.

Brian Wilson... a front bencher, said: "This confirms that Mr Churchill doesn't exactly need the lottery money. "Perhaps he should examine his conscience."

Harriman's four grandchildren receive $250,000 (I56,000 pounds ) and Lord Digby, her brother, was left $100,000. The two gardeners, the butler, the cook and the chauffeur were bequeathed, as much as $20,000 each in the will. But Janet Howard, a constant companion and personal assistant since 1980 is left without a cent.


Let faith, not appetite,

guide our steps.

Winston Churchill

Political Broadcast
January 21, 1950.

MANCHESTER GUARDIAN
February 19th 1997

Churchill's new fortune from mother's will

THE Tory MP Winston Churchill yesterday received yet another windfall thanks to his impressive lineage after his late mother, Pamela Harriman, left him a multi million dollar fortune in her will.

Mrs Harriman, the former US. ambassador to France who has been-described as one the greatest courtesans of the 20th century, left $10 million (6.2 million pounds) to her only son which he must share with his estranged wife Minnie.

Mr Churchill will not however inherit one of Mrs Harriman's most valuable possessions, a Van Gogh painting said to be worth 50 million pounds which will go to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

It was the only charitable gift in the will.

Last year Mr Churchill, whose Davyhulme seat was wiped out by boundary changes, received 12.5 million pounds from lottery money following the controversial sale of his grandfather's wartime papers. But his latest millions will prove far more useful than his lottery takings, which his uncle, Peregrine Churchill, who controls the family trust, forbade him from using to fund his divorce settlement.

Mr Churchill is said to need 4.5 million pounds to pay off his wife, Mary "Minnie" D'Erlanger, whom he married in 1964, and set up trust funds for their three children. He would then be free then to move on and marry his "Belgian-born mistress, Luce Danielson.

Mr Churchill, whose former mistress Soraya Khashoggi, the former wife of arms dealer Adnan, and the American socialite Jan Cushing, has yet to find a new constituency.

He could have inherited at least 15 times as much off his late mother had she not squandered her last husband's estate through a string of unwise investments and expensive legal battles with her stepdaughters.

Mr Churchill. the namesake and grandson of Britain's wartime prime minister, was born to Mrs Harriman by her first marriage to Randolph Churchill. After several affairs with the rich and powerful Washington, she married Averell Harriman who died in 1986.


The truth is incontrovertible.

Panic may resent it,

ignorance may deride it,

malice may distort it,

but there it is.

Winston Churchill

HOUSE OF COMMONS

THE DAILY MAIL
London

THURSDAY,
February 20, 1997

By SAM HARRIS

Mrs Churchill and her estranged husband, Tory MP Winston, are to share the bulk of his mother's £ 6.2 million estate. The Inheritance marks the last remnants of a financial empire which dwindled away during her final years.

Just two years ago, her fortune was estimated at more than £40 million - money left by her husband, former New York governor Averell Harriman, who died in 1986. But Mrs Harriman, America's ambassador to France, who died in Paris earlier this month, fought a long legal battle with her husband's children and grandchildren who accused of her of wasting £20 million. Much of the money is said to have gone into bad investments; support for the Democratic party, lavish parties and the upkeep of homes.

Two months ago, Mrs Harriman, 76, drew up her last will and testament and decided that most of what was left would go to the only child from her brief wartime marriage to Winston Churchill's son Randolph.

Although her son and his wife separated two years ago, the will specifically grants them joint ownership of her estates in Virginia Washington and upstate New York, along with Jewels, clothing and furniture. And as parting gestures go, it was a very clever one. From one woman to another, it was a simple sign of genuine affection and regard, but from a mother to a son it was o a gentle rebuke.

She was upset by his decision to divorce Mary, known affectionately as Minnie, after a 32-year marriage which had seen her endure the string of her husband's secret and not-so-secret mistresses.

Mrs Harriman made her disapproval very clear when her son suddenly left his long- suffering wife two years ago for a new love, blonde Chelsea jewellery maker Luce Danielson.

She had always got on well with merchant banker's daughter Minnie and was said to have taken an instant dislike to Belgian-born divorcee Miss Danielson.

Now Minnie, the mother of Mr Churchill's four children, can have the last laugh as he is forced to share his £6.2 million inheritance with her.

For years she maintained a dignified silence and was a constant support to her husband, even though he conducted a string of very public affairs. His mistresses included Soraya Khashoggi, former wife of arms dealer Adnan, who revealed in 1980 that she had enjoyed a secret five-year affair with Churchill.

To add insult to injury, she made her admiration of his lovemaking abilities very public - calling him a 'super lover'.

In 1992, he had a ten-month affair with Jan Cushing, a New York heiress he met at a hall in Venice.

Then came the final insult when he finally left her in March last year for the woman he wants to marry and have by his side at his mother's funeral.

In her will Mrs Harriman also left her four grandchildren - Randolph, 31, Jack, 21, Jennies, 29, and Marina, 28- about £150,000 each. There also bequests to her chauffeur, cook, and two gardeners.

Her most valuable painting, Van Gogh's White- Roses, worth about £50 million, goes to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.


Fulton Missouri

Winston S. Churchill - Sir Winston's grandson - was presented by his mother, Mrs Pamela Harriman with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Westminster College, Fulton.


It is improper that Winston Churchill (Junior) is a trustee of THE WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST.

It is improper that with his Aunt, family relatives and their friends (all self appointed and self perpetuating) should control the publicly owned and funded WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST.

It is improper that they are able - just by virtue of their parentage - to patronise the public with the public's own money.

By their greed and bad behaviour they taint the Trust.

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We desire to be judged only by results

Winston Churchill.

House of Commons
February 11th 1943

 

Winston Churchill's Medals.

It was announced yesterday by Winston Churchill (minor) that he had presented  on loan  his grandfather's medals to the Imperial War Museum for display at the cabinet war rooms.

What he failed to reveal, was that in doing so he saves himself the fear of being burgled for them - almost certainly the heavy expense of insuring them - and whether or not he has paid the inheritance tax on them*.

Sensible man you say..............until you remember the shameful thing he and the family did when they blackmailed the effete Prime Minister John Major and his Conservative government and the nation to pay him £12,500,000 for the  on loan  Chartwell papers and for which the family still continue to charge outrageous copyright fees.

There is nothing to stop him or his children doing the same thing again. Likewise with the
 on loan  contents of Chartwell.

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The Times Newspaper
London

September 7th 1998

(abbreviated)

Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure that rich people cannot cheat.

Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) * avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.

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Where are all the many missing majestic jewelled silver and gold boxes,
the superb commemorative cut glass and enamelled plaques and mementos
and the spectacularly bejewelled solid gold and silver sculptural pieces
that were bestowed upon Churchill by foreign Kings and Queens
and the huge number of gifts given in his honour by Governments from all over the world
including many from Arab Royalty and the Emirates - all of which were originally on display
at Chartwell when it first opened and which are now missing?

It was Sir Winston's desire that all of these should be
permanently on display at Chartwell.

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The only people Churchill never forgave were those who,
in the words he so often used:-

"fell beneath the level of events"

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To the astonishment of the public, the Churchill family with their relatives and friends in The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust let it be known in 1985 they were to produce in 1988 in a West End cabaret theatre a 'Musical' with 'Winnie' singing in his bath!

After three performances it was taken off.

It was reputed to have lost £3 million pounds and was described by a Buckingham Palace courtier as:-

"just done for

money, money, money . . . .

vulgar vulgar vulgar!"

PERSONAL papers belonging to Winston Churchill were the subject of a 25-year legal fight as his grandson, who had "little money of his own", tried to sell them to the Government, files released by the National Archive at Kew reveal.

Discreet negotiations to sell the 2,000-box archive, which included early drafts of the wartime leader's "finest hour" and "Battle of Britain" speeches, began within six years of his death in 1965. The Government was offered the pre-1945 papers &emdash; half of them official papers belonging to the State &emdash; for £100,000 to £120,000 in 1971. Finally they were bought with £12.5 million of National Lottery money in 1995.

The collection, the Chartwell Papers, contained almost everything that Churchill wrote before 1945, including extensive correspondence with Lloyd George, Edward VIII and George VI. It also included intelligence on all aspects of the Second World War, drafts of letters to Stalin, Roosevelt and de Gaulle and Cabinet papers.

It was in a private family trust, which Churchill intended to benefit male descendants. The main beneficiary by 1991 was his grandson, Winston Churchill, then Conservative MP for Davyhulme. The papers were his most valuable possession.

The papers had been loaned to Churchill College in Cambridge, but the trustees wished to sell them. Successive governments wanted the papers to remain together, but they were a mixture of official and personal documents. Sir Winston had taken many official documents with him "on permanent loan" when he left office and had refused to return them. Today's files disclose that Sotheby's had estimated in 1971 that they would fetch £2 million. The letter then suggests that the Government offer between £100,000 to £120,000 to buy them.

The purchase by the lottery provoked fury. John Charmley, the historian, said: "The second jackpot winner is Winston Churchill Jr. The Government should have called the bluff of the Churchills when they threatened to break up the collection and sell it abroad. These papers belong to the State and should never have been removed in the first place."

John Major's Government refused to hold a public inquiry into the death of Robert Maxwell for fear of offending Spain, according to secret papers released today. Ministers also believed an official investigation into the circumstances in which the Daily Mirror publisher publisher drowned off the Canary Islands would turn into a media circus.

Let faith, not appetite, guide our steps.

Winston Churchill

Political Broadcast
January 21, 1950.

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The Daily Telegraph

Re: Unsocial society

Date: 3 October 2004

SIR

Despite being hugely and patriotically English, I can only endorse the prescience of Kevin Myers in opting to live in Ireland.

What he says about us is completely accurate, and is tremendously dispiriting for those of us who can remember that other England, the one where care, courtesy, respect and manners were part of everyday life.

Again quite correctly he identifies the culprits as the intelligentsia (although the noun is in many respects a misnomer), who have conducted a merciless and unrelenting assault on all those things that made us what we were.

Now, from the top down, we have a yobbish culture which prevails, and we have become a society motivated by spite, envy, greed, gloating, filth and voyeurism.

The England in which I was raised and educated, and for which I would gladly have laid down my life, has been stolen from us, and we are now an awful country, probably in terminal decline, ruled over by an elite who are self-serving, duplicitious and hugely incompetent.

It is time, I think, to summon back King Arthur, or bang Drake's Drum or whatever it is that we are supposed to do in time of peril.

From: Arthur Mead, Dereham, Norfolk.

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The Daily Telegraph

Re: Unsocial society

Date: 3 October 2004

SIR

Despite being hugely and patriotically English, I can only endorse the prescience of Kevin Myers in opting to live in Ireland.

What he says about us is completely accurate, and is tremendously dispiriting for those of us who can remember that other England, the one where care, courtesy, respect and manners were part of everyday life.

Again quite correctly he identifies the culprits as the intelligentsia (although the noun is in many respects a misnomer), who have conducted a merciless and unrelenting assault on all those things that made us what we were.

Now, from the top down, we have a yobbish culture which prevails, and we have become a society motivated by spite, envy, greed, gloating, filth and voyeurism.

The England in which I was raised and educated, and for which I would gladly have laid down my life, has been stolen from us, and we are now an awful country, probably in terminal decline, ruled over by an elite who are self-serving, duplicitious and hugely incompetent.

It is time, I think, to summon back King Arthur, or bang Drake's Drum or whatever it is that we are supposed to do in time of peril.

From: Arthur Mead, Dereham, Norfolk.

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Because of his record Mr W S Churchill's appointment as Chairman of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
is as astonishing as it is improper and he must resign.

The Churchill family to pay back The Lottery Money.

The High Court (London) proceedings.
Who owned the Chartwell Papers?

Churchill's Medals.

How safe are the contents of Chartwell?
Copy of correspondence with The National Trust.

Churchill's daughter Mary Soames,

Churchill's grandson
Nicholas Soames,

Churchill's grandson
Winston Churchill minor.

Important information.

 'Conservative Party sleaze added to the continuing collapse of moral standards in the UK. From 1983 onwards it gathered pace and led to the national uproar caused by the the story of the Churchill family threatening to sell Sir Winston and Lady Churchill's gift to Churchill College of The Chartwell Papers.
Lord Rothschild's
letter.

The very sad press chronology of Winston S Churchill Jnr.

Professor Charmley writes: Is there no end to the making of money by the family our of Sir Winston?

Commercial advertising. Cashing in on Churchill. Who authorised this crude example?

Criticisms of the book 'Churchill's Private Letters' selected, edited, and published by his daughter Mary Soames.

May 1999. Important information.

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Let us build wisely, let us build surely, let us build faithfully,

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and so establish here below what we hope to find above -

a house of many mansions,

where there shall be room for all.

Winston Churchill

Dundee,
May 4th,1908.

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