Whodathunkit? Michael Portillo says David Lloyd George is a hero of his

Michael Portillo has bought a brand new red “pixelated” jacket for a new series of “British Railway Journies”, available on BBC iPlayer.

In Episode 15, available on iPlayer for the next 29 days, the man with arguably the best job, and the worst jackets, in the world travels by chuff-chuff from Criccieth to Caernarfon.

Just near Criccieth, at Llanystumdwy, where David Lloyd George grew up, he meets the great man’s grandson, Bengy Carey Evans at the David Lloyd George museum. Bengy Carey Evans recalls that his grandfather never took credit for anything and said:

I didn’t win the war. Three things won the war: The blockade. The women. And the remarkable courage of the British troops. That’s what won the war.

At Lloyd George’s grave,Michael Portillo intones:

Here lies David Lloyd George. You may be surprised that he is a hero of mine, since his politics and mine were very different. He was personally responsible for social reform, for waging the Great War, for writing the peace. A statesman carries to his grave all his successes and all his failures. The important thing is to make a difference. He did.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • John Marriott 20th Jan '18 - 9:23pm

    You probably remember the old song “Lloyd George knew my father, father knew Lloyd George”. Well my grandfather knew Ramsey McDonald when he was one of Leicester’s two MPs. The other was a Liberal as the two parties did a deal to keep the Tories out of the town.

    Both men were, in their own way, political heavyweights, who, when their powers started to wane, went down a few blind alleys. Ramsey Mac succumbed to the blandishments of the upper classes in the National Government while Lloyd George was a guest of Adolf Hitler at Berchtesgaden. I think he saw the light afterwards.

    While Liberals today quite rightly revere Lloyd George with all his well known faults, Macdonald, who, like the Welsh Wizard, rose from humble beginnings to lead the first Labour Government, is largely reviled today by the Labour Movement. It just shows you in which party tolerance lies.

  • Just an aside the Lloyd George Museum at Llanystumdwy was recently threatened with closure by Gwynedd Council, but was saved largely through the efforts of Welsh LD members of the Assembly (pre 2016 elections).
    Please make an effort to go there and visit the museum and help keep it open, it’s well worth it. Perhaps the only drawback to the museum is there is too much dwelling on the negative campaign materials of the time against Lloyd George, and virtually none representing the campaigning for the things which he fought for and was a central figure to.

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