9.26.2020 – moment when all hear

moment when all hear
the alarm bell as call to
action, not the knell

On November 7, 1938, The House of Commons in Great Britain took up the sixth day of debate on the response of the House to King George VI after a recent message from the King to the house.

The official title of the debate in the history books is: Order read for resuming Adjourned Debate on Question [8th November]: That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty as followeth:

“Most Gracious Sovereign, We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.”

This preamble was not in debate.

What was in debate was whether or the order thanks would also include some wording that would take advantage of the message to the King to acquaint the King with the recent developments in Europe.

Most of these developments concerned Nazi Germany and Hitler’s threats to take over the continent.

The six days of debate were over was the threat real or had the recent Munich Agreement satisfied Mr. Hitler.

Many members of the House thought so.

Mr. Winston Churchill, Member of Parliament for Epping did not.

Mr. Churchill entered into the debate with the full weight of his words several times over those six days.

Mr. Churchill closed his main speech with these words.

Is not this the moment when all should hear the deep, repeated strokes of the alarm bell, and when all should resolve that it shall be a call to action, and not the knell of our race and fame?

Oddly for me to write and has hard it is for me to see how there could have been two sides to the Munich debate, I can see how in today’s political climate, either side can use this quote.

History is written by the winners.

Which side was correct on using this quote will be decided in Novemeber.

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