Posted Friday afternoon, February 16, 2019.
Following up on the offhand comment I made in my post about “Darkest Hour”, Lincoln in company, Churchill Alone about how conservatives and liberals thought Churchill was politically unreliable:
[Roosevelt and Churchill] were moving targets politically. Churchill changed parties from Conservative to Liberal and back again, and the vicissitudes of his views did not surprise those closest to him. “It was not as a crusader or a missionary that he had entered politics, but rather as a fish takes to the water or a bird to the air, because it was his natural element,” recalled Violet Bonham Carter. “He had not thought it necessary to evolve or assume a conscious or coherent political philosophy. Though born and cradled in the purple of the Tory fold he was not of it. His ardent and adventurous mind, forever on the move, could not have been contained within its static bounds.”
---from Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham.