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The post-war denial of both the existence and legitimacy of the war cabinet debates reached its nadir over the Second Iraq War.
David Owen’s presentation about the pivotal British War Cabinet meetings of May 1940 tells the story of Churchill’s determination to fight on, and describes how close Britain came to seeking a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany. It is also a paean to Britain’s Cabinet system of government.
David Owen educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and St Thomas’s Hospital, practised as a neurologist before being MP for Plymouth from 1966-92. Under Labour Governments, he served as Navy Minister, Health Minister and Foreign Secretary. He was co-founder of the Social Democratic Party and its Leader from 1983-87 and 1988-90. He was created a Life Baron – Lord Owen of the City of Plymouth – in 1992 and sits as an independent social democrat in the House of Lords. His other books include In Sickness and In Power, Europe Restructured, The Health of the Nation, and The Hidden Perspective.
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