Set the People Free, A broadcast talk by The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill, 14th February, 1948
Winston S. Churchill
Price: 100.00 USD
London: Conservative and Unionist Central Office, 1948. First edition, only printing. This speech, from Churchill's period as Leader of the Opposition, calls for a new Parliament. "I had better make it clear that I am not making any proposal for a coalition government. The first step to national recovery. is to have a new Parliament. The Socialist planners have miscalculated and mismanaged everything they have touched. By their restrictions they make scarcity; and when scarcity comes they call for more restrictions to cure it. They keep the British bulldog running round after his own tail till he is dizzy and then wonder that he cannot keep the wolf from the door." Churchill would head opposition to the Labour Government until the General Election of 1951, which returned the Conservatives to majority and Churchill to the office of Prime Minister. This stapled paper pamphlet is bound in cream card wraps, numbers 8 pages, and measures 8.75 by 5.75 inches. The front cover has a pale grey-blue background and features a half-tone image of Churchill's head wearing a stern countenance. The speech text is subsequently collected in The Complete Speeches, Volume VII, p.7590, under the title "A New Parliament". Condition is very good. The stapled cream card wraps are complete, but with wear at the corners and light soiling along the edges. The binding staples remain firmly attached. The contents are crisp and bright with no spotting and no inscriptions, but there are two discreet vertical ink lines next to the text on p.5 marking passages of interest to a former reader. This speech was later reprinted in Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, Volume VII, p.7590 under the title "A New Parliament". Protected in a removable, archival mylar sleeve. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A235, Woods A120. 1st Edition. Very good.