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Tilting at Windmills

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July 30, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

GREAT BRITONS....Commenting on a new piece of sculpture, Patrick Barkham writes this in the Guardian:

Is it a sheep pen, a set of stairs or a scaled-up children's puzzle?

No, this tower of 20 slabs of English oak heartwood is, of course, the greatest Briton of all time: Winston Churchill.

Mr. Barkham is writing about a country that has produced Isaac Newton, Henry VIII, Adam Smith, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Charles Darwin, James Watt, and Elizabeth I not to mention Byron, Keats, Hume, Locke, Burke, Bacon, Cromwell, Chaucer, Disraeli, Austen, Dickens, Hobbes, Keynes, Maxwell, and a whole bunch of others who will probably occur to me in due time.

I don't care what the British public thinks and I especially don't care what they think in a poll that ranks Princess Diana as the third greatest Briton of all time but as undoubtedly great as he was, you have to stretch even to put Churchill in the top ten. #1 is just a joke.

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