Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, has explained why he believes the war hero would have been “brilliant” at protecting the country during the coronavirus pandemic. Sir Nicholas, a former Tory MP, remembered his grandfather on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, when Nazi Germany surrendered to the allied forces led by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Speaking with LBC’s Nick Ferrari, Churchill’s grandson revealed what the iconic wartime leader would have done if faced with the pandemic crisis that has engulfed the world.
He said: “He was tremendously good at invigorating and getting stuff done.
“And fighting coronavirus is about getting stuff done and about motivating and leading the people who are doing it.
“Listening to the advice and then getting on with it and getting it done.
“And most importantly, trying to bring the nation together.”
Sir Nicholas continued: “It’s folly to pretend the whole UK was united during the Second World War, but in large the country was united in defeating Nazism.
“And I think it’s made a very good effort during this tiring period of lockdown – and my heart goes out to those who will have had a very tough time of this lockdown – and that requires effective leadership.
“The great test of the the Prime Minister and an effective government is how we bring the country back into productive work again.
“It will be a case of gradually lifting restrictions and persuading people through leadership, which he would have been brilliant at.”
Sir Nicholas continued: “Up to a point, as long as we didn’t make too much noise.
“I had no idea he was anything exceptional until I was about seven or eight.
“I remember going to my youngest brother’s christening and getting out of the car when I travelled with him and there were thousands of cheering people there.
“So I started to gradually learn there was something truly extraordinary about him.”
Published at Fri, 08 May 2020 11:02:00 +0000