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people have ideas about Mr. Churchill's future, including Mr. Churchill, and it is his ideas which will be decisive. He has indicated fairly clearly what is in his mind by refusing the Order of the Garter, because, so it is reported, if he accepted it he would cease to be plain "Mister." For the same reason he would be more likely to decline the offer of a peerage which—possibly even a dukedom—could. be his if he wished it. Mr. Churchill is a House of Commons man- and it is hard to imagine him voluntarily leaving the scene of his greatest triumphs. But there are other reasons besides personal and sentimental ones why he should wish to remain. He is now Leader of His Majesty's Opposition, and as such he has a part to play in the months and years to come. It has. so happened that, of the original "Big Three," whose conferences at Teheran and Yalta resulted in momentous decisions the purport of which is still far from being fully apprehended, only Generalissimo Stalin remains in a place of power. No other man in Britain has, or could have, Mr. Churchill's knowledge of the circumstances in which Allied policies were determined, of their precise nature and of the limits of the Allies' agreement. No man is indispensable, but at this stage none could be more nearly indispensable than he. In the field of domestic policy it is likely that the new Government will not look to him counsel, but in foreign affairs it must give attention and full weight-as the country certainly will-to the uniquely-informed judgment of the man who for five momentous years was the embodiment of .he British will to survive, to grow strong again, and to conquer

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MR. CHURCHILL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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MR. CHURCHILL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945