Did the gunboats open fire, did it end the strike?
In any case he was a great wartime leader or would you disagree?
edit Just read up a bit on this and it was massive strikes, the authorities were freaking out but the year was in fact 1911 not 1926
Churchill sent the troops in again (all over Britain this time) to break the general strike of 1926. Baldwin overruled him on the matter of whether the troops should be armed. There likely would have been a bloodbath if Churchill had got his way.
Churchill was a hardline conservative who believed in keeping the working class firmly underfoot.
He had a way with words, he was no fool, and he was basically the ideal wartime PM. But there is fundamentally no contradiction between that and being a guy who would step very brutally on anybody who threatened his own class's interests.
[Edit: of course one of the more interesting sides of the general strike in 1926 was how it was sabotaged by the TUC, who called it off after secret talks with the government, leaving the miners hanging out to dry on their own. When dealing with the political classes, it's your friends who you really have to watch out for.]
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