‘ “Here is the perfect politician who is also a perfect gentlemen” I said to myself as he entered the room…
He seems to combine great personal charm with solid qualities of character, aristocratic refinement with democratic opinions.’History tends to overlook inconvenient truths, while diarists, writing in private, are much more frank.
When the crooked newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell drowned off his yacht in 1991, he was the subject of a lot of sick jokes.
But you will never find them in the usual biographies of Cap’n Bob, as he was known, because they were rarely noted down.
In his 1955 diary, Harold Macmillan, at that time Churchill’s Defence Minister, recorded that at one Cabinet meeting Churchill proposed the slogan ‘Keep Britain White’ in response to unease about immigration from the West Indies.