Talk:David Lloyd George

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This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the David Lloyd George page.

I have removed the attributed quotation "Britain reserves the right to bomb niggers." It is almost certainly false, as the only reference I have been able to find to it in print, including several reputable biographies, is that of a New York based Anglophobic Marxist, who can hardly be considered to be a neutral source. 23:12, 10 August 2005 (UTC)

Apparently LG wrote it in 1932 in his diary in referrence to "the fact Britain had just succeeded in undermining an international disarmament conference which was attempting to put restrictions on the use of air power to attack civilians.". I got this from [1]. As you haven't been able to locate it in print then leave it out, but perhaps someone with access to Lloyd George's diaries can definitively verify or repudiate the quote (I don't think they were ever published though). As you have a number of LG biographies can you please add any other quotes you think would be suitable. AllanHainey 07:32, 11 August 2005 (UTC)
Will do. Watch this space. Matthew Platts 22:25, 11 August 2005 (UTC)
Oh, I should say that Noam Chomsky wasn't who I was referring to (aside from anything being MIT based)... Matthew Platts 10:35, 12 August 2005 (UTC)

Noam Chomsky quotes Lloyd George as "we insisted on reserving the right to bomb niggers" in the book "Year 501" (South End Press, January, 1993) and cites "European empires from conquest to collapse, 1815-1960" by V. G Kiernan, pg. 200 as the source. Hope this helps.

The quote is legitimate, if not word for word. It comes directly from the text of the diaries of Lloyd George's second wife Frances Stevenson, who quotes him almost directly, referring to his defense of the right to "bomb niggers!" (She even used an exclamation mark.)

The diaries were published in 1971 as "Lloyd George: A Diary by Frances Stevenson," edited by historian A.J.P. Taylor. It's on page 259 in the entry dated March 9, 1934.

So don't make up lies about the supposed fabrications of "Anglophobic Marxists"--the quote is absolutely true, regardless of anybody's politics.


Published sources should be provided before moving these back into the article
  • We have not lost any war. As long as our Courts are delivering Justice to the people and they get egalitarian recruitment for employment. My government will make sure that people are not unemployed
    • Speech, Manchester (1919)