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In that same book Beaverbrook wrote what may have been his truest evaluation of his friend. Both had entered the House of Commons at the same time, but they had never been intimate. Bonar Law got office before Churchill, but the latter would never regard him as an equal, and always treated him in a patronising way up to the outbreak of war [World War I].

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With Birkenhead, Churchill could remain close despite politics; with Beaverbrook, political differences strained their friendship. Beaverbrook supported the Chamberlain government over Munich, denied that Chamberlain had made a real commitment to Poland in , and was open to a compromise peace early in the Second World War.

Aggressive, argumentative and brusque, he clashed repeatedly with the Air Ministry and the Air Marshals as he single-mindedly cleared bottlenecks and rapidly raised aircraft output. Despite the enmity the Beaver generated, Churchill needed and relied on his friendship and support.

On 2 August Beaverbrook was elevated to the war cabinet, where he could provide counsel on broad issues while retaining his ministerial office.

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But the Beaver did not like working in harness with the civil service or the cabinet. The PM ignored his resignations until April , when he allowed Beaverbrook to leave the aircraft job, while insisting he stay in the cabinet as Minister of State without a department. Free from cabinet responsibilities, Beaverbrook campaigned for greater support for the Soviet Union and for the early launch of a Second Front.

There were some who suspected he was again scheming to oust a sitting prime minister, perhaps to seize the office for himself. There is, however, scant evidence of this.

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What was the true explanation of their affinity? They overlooked our long association in the events of the First World War and its aftermath. Often we had been on different sides in the crises and quarrels of those former days; sometimes we had even been fiercely opposed; yet on the whole a relationship had been maintained which was a part of the continuity of my public life, and this was cemented by warm personal friendship.

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I always thought it paid to do all the good I could. The most striking instance of this comes from the life of Bethune. Leacock, whose career as a humorist was hugely successful, believed that the human race was gradually improving, including in the quality of its humour.

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He believed that the old, cruel slip-on-a-banana-peel type of humour was giving way. It is doubtful Big Bear would have put it quite that way.


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No one, of course, not even Lester B. Pearson, can completely levitate through life. The impression most of these biographies convey, however, is that the lives of their subjects were indeed successes, and they were successes in part because they became part of a progressive historical movement. These Canadians are extraordinary because they all helped push us in the direction we think we want to go.

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