R.W. Johnson: The Amerys, 23 February 2006
Show More Speaking for England: Leo, Julian and John Amery: The Tragedy of a Political Family by David Faber.
Free Press, 612 pp., £20, October 2005, 0 7432 5688 3Show More
“... Leo Amery, who lived and breathed the British Empire and could claim to have invented the Commonwealth, would doubtless find it sad that he is chiefly remembered for helping to bring down Neville Chamberlain. When, in September 1939, Arthur Greenwood, the acting Labour leader, rose to reply to Chamberlain’s ludicrously inadequate response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, he began by saying he would speak for the Labour Party, but Amery, unable to control himself, burst out with ‘Speak for England!’ (In Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On this becomes ‘Speak for England, Arthur,’ but witnesses all say there were three words, not four ...”