November 26, 2020

Winston Churchill’s inspiring wartime speeches in Parliament

The wartime prime minister Winston Churchill’s victorious address to the nation marked the end of the war in Europe, on 8 May 1945.

But his speeches through the course of the war galvanised and heartened those fighting and enduring the dangers and privations of World War II.

“Winston Churchill’s words inspired a nation,” says the victorious prime minister’s great grandson.

“What we want to do is to help inspire a new generation in their struggle against Covid.”

As the country – and much of Europe – marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day in the most unusual of circumstances, Randolph Churchill is launching a competition for young people to try their hand at a rousing speech.

The key to writing a galvanising address is to “never give in”, he told BBC Breakfast, adding: “They shouldn’t be shy, they just crack on and do it, try their best, and if they don’t succeed the first time, they should try again and again and again.”

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