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Was Winston Churchill an autocratic or democratic leader?


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January 20, 2008 11:48AM

An autocrat is a self-appointed leader. In no way was Churchill self-appointed. Churchill became Prime Minister following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain in 1940, essentially chosen by the coalition government's cabinet. Although Churchill had become PM without a general election, he was selected by an elected committee. Churchill's party lost the 1945 general election which followed the war but then won the election in 1950. However, during the war, the government (and therefore Churchill) had far greater power then during peacetime. It could therefore be argued that Churchill, especially during the War, behaved in an autocratic way in the sense that there was very little to stop him doing what he wanted.