Winston Churchill's St George and the Dragon
In Mark Steyn's mailbox, Steve Slick of Texas writes,
"A couple of months back I bought a copy of 'Never Give In!' Winston Churchill's Greatest Speeches, ironically produced by the BBC. The first speech is the classic about St. George and the Dragon from 1933. In the introduction, his grandson explains that the great gentleman was using the story as an allegory to avoid the BBC censors. He said that, at the time, the BBC unashamedly supported the appeasement policies of the government and would not allow broadcast of any other view. . .
I'm sure you're familiar with Churchill's speech. He told the story of St. George and the Dragon in a modern setting. St. George arrived, not on a horse, but rather with a secretariat. Armed not with a lance but several flexible formulas, he was welcomed by the local chapter of the League of Nations. Instead of slaying the dragon, he proposed a conference with, of course, a round table to accommodate the dragon's unwieldy tail. Trade agreements were worked out and loans were made. The maiden's plight was referred to Geneva with the dragon reserving all rights. At the conclusion a group photo was taken of the participants with an inset of the maiden.
How easy would it be for Churchill to give the same speech today. . .