Would Winston Churchill have bombed the Islamic State? Well, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever really find out an answer to that question but, according to the man who has written a new book about Britain’s wartime leader, he most certainly would.
Boris has used an interview to promote his new book The Churchill Factor – presumably not a guide to cheaper car insurance – to claim that the security sources in the UK are monitoring ‘thousands’ of terror suspects and that the ex-PM would have taken ‘personal charge’ of the situation.
â€œLetâ€™s ask ourselves this question: would Churchill now be authorizing air strikes on Isil? I think he would be. He was a great believer in air power,” claimed Bozza. â€œI think he would be appalled by the spectacle of these cowards executing journalists, and I think he would have wanted to do something to set them back a long way, and if need be, to neutralize them altogether.
“He was a great believer in air power â€“ donâ€™t forget he invented the RAFâ€¦so I think heâ€™d do exactly what the Prime Minister is doing.â€
The Mayor also used the interview to reveal that the number of potential terrorists being monitored by
â€œThere are probably in the low thousands of people that we are monitoring in London.â€
So what would old Winston have done if he’d discovered an Islamic State person plotting in London. We’ll he’d have gone down and had a jolly stiff word, according to Boris.
Citing the example of the Sidney Street siege in 1911, when police became involved in a gunfight with a group of anarchists, he said: â€œIf you look at his handling of the Sidney Street siegeâ€¦Churchill goes down there personally.
â€œHe would have taken personal charge of counter-terror in London, no question. Had he been Home Secretary now, he would be absolutely appalled to think that these people could be carrying British passports and yet be loyal to another state.â€
Perhaps that’s what we need, Bozza? Pop round and give them a piece of your mind, eh?