When Winston Churchill became Chancellor in 1924 he fulfilled his lifelong ambition to succeed his father, Lord Randolph, whose disastrous Chancellorship of 1886 left an indelible mark on the young Churchill. Churchill's years at the Treasury were as much about vindicating his father's legacy as they were about promoting his father's radical form of Conservatism: Tory Democracy.
Churchill's long reign at the Treasury, from 1924 to 1929, is the most overlooked period of his life. There is much to learn about Churchill from these years in high office, when his political power was the equal of, and at times greater than, Prime Minister Baldwin's.
The figure which emerges is a social reformer who introduced new old age pensions, brought in progressive taxation, poured scorn on the financial policies of the City of London, opposed Naval expansion and restlessly sought to alleviate unemployment.
This book turns the Churchill myth on its head. The "progressive" and the "pacifist", are not titles which have been hitherto attributed to Churchill. Modern generations are increasingly inclined to portray Churchill as a reactionary true-blue Conservative, but this book seeks to reappraise that image.
James read law at Warwick before attending law school at the University of Law in Bloomsbury, London, where he taught piano in his spare time.
In 2010 he joined a law firm in the Sanctuary Buildings, annexed to Westminster Abbey, where he qualified as a tax lawyer. He now practices in Mayfair for Forsters LLP, a leading English firm of solicitors, where he advises many UK and Middle Eastern clients. He has been recognised as a 'Prominent Lawyer' in his field (Citywealth Publication) and has been three times named as a 'Top 35 under 35' practitioner (EPrivateclient).
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