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I think he did have at least ONE immutable principle. He was an Imperial, first and last. To Churchill "Britain" and "The British Empire" were one and inseparable. He could no more imagine that the dominions might want to be something other than British than he could imagine any true Britisher not caring enough to take whatever steps they needed - and, in the end, this mean force of arms - to keep the Empire.

That was, in the end, what brought him down. I think the British public, sick of war and not willing to fight for the imperial dominions, sensed that he would have been willing to drag them down and endless road of colonial wars, the sort of wars the gutted the French and Portuguese from the Fifties through the Seventies.

So for Churchill, party was just a nametag. He was about "The British Empire", regardless of which party he stood with. And when the time for Empire was was he.

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