Winston Churchill vs David Cameron: A Struggle for the Soul of the Conservative Party
Winston Churchill on Islam
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as
dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.
“The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of
commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism
deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.
“The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a
wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great
power among men.
“Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities - but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development
of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
“Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout
Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong
arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as
fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” — Winston Churchill, The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest
of the Sudan (first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50, London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).
Winston Churchill on Europe
“Membership of the Common Market will forfeit our insular or commonwealth wide character.” — Winston Churchill,
Cabinet Memorandum 29, dated November 1953.
“We are with Europe but not of it; we are linked but not compromised. We are associated but not absorbed. If Britain
must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea.” — Winston Churchill, House of
Commons on May 11, 1953.
Winston Churchill on Immigration
“I am considering blocking all immigration to Britain because I fear a growing coloured population will pose a threat
to Britain’s social stability. We do not want a parti-coloured UK.” — Winston Churchill, Cabinet Memorandum, dated
“Problems will arise if many coloured people settle here. Are we to saddle ourselves with colour problems in UK?
Immigrants are attracted here by the welfare state. Public opinion in UK won’t tolerate it once it gets beyond
certain limits.” — Winston Churchill, Cabinet memorandum, February 1954.
David Cameron on Islam
“Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the
British (Muslim) Asian way of life, not the other way around.” — David Cameron, ‘What I learnt from my stay with a
Muslim family’, The Observer, Sunday, 13 May 2007.
David Cameron on Europe
“The Single Market is a great achievement, which the Conservative Party has always strongly supported. We want an EU
that looks out to the world, not in on itself. . . We will be strong defenders of the Single Market within Europe,
and free trade with the rest of the world … We want to keep the doors of the EU open to new members like the Balkan
states and, in due course, Turkey. — David Cameron writing in the Conservative Party’s ‘European Manifesto,’ 2009.
David Cameron on Immigration
“Immigration is a good thing. Immigrants actually create more employment. As we write off our fellow citizens from
participating in the workforce, other countries’ citizens take their place.
“The gaps in the labour market are, very naturally, being filled by migrant workers. That, in itself, is a good
thing, not a bad thing.
“We should not try to unlock the potential of our own citizens by locking out the citizens of other countries. When
willing, able and energetic people come to this country to work, they don’t crowd out other people from the labour
“As the Fresh Talent initiative by the Scottish Executive recognises, skilled foreign workers expand our economy and
make us more competitive. Ultimately they create more employment.” — David Cameron, speech to Disability Scotland, 15