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We have all seen with a sense of nausea the abject, squalid, shameless avowal made in the Oxford Union. We are told that we ought not to treat it seriously. The Times talked of the childrens hour. I disagree. It is a very disquieting and disgusting symptom. One can almost feel the curl of contempt upon the lips of the manhood of Germany, Italy, and France when they read the message sent out by Oxford University in the name of Young England. Let them be assured that it is not the last word. But before they blame, as blame they should, these callow ill-tutored youths, they must be sure that they have not been set a bad example by people much older and much higher up.

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Source Notes: Source: WINSTON CHURCHILL, extract of address, Anti-Socialist and Anti-Communist Union meeting, London, February 17, 1933.Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 18971963, ed. Robert Rhodes James, vol. 5, p. 5220 .On February 9, undergraduates at the Oxford Union had approved the resolution, That this House refuses in any circumstances to fight for King and Country by a vote of 275 to 153. The editorial in The Times appeared February 13, p. 13. See Martin Gilbert, Winston S. Churchill, vol. 5, p. 456 for a slightly varied version of Churchills speech.

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG OM CH TD FRS PC PC (Can) (30 November 1874 - 24 January 1965) was an English statesman and author, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Well-known as an orator, strategist, and politician, Churchill was one of the most important leaders in modern British and world history. He won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for his many books on English and world history. Sir Winston Churchill was voted the greatest-ever Briton in the 2002 BBC poll the 100 Greatest Britons.

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