Sir Winston Churchill was once asked about his position on whisky Here s how he answered: If you mean whisky the devil s brew the poison scourge the bloody monster that defiles innocence dethrones reason destroys the home creates misery and poverty yea literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation shame despair helplessness and hopelessness then my friend I am opposed to it with every fibre of my being However if by whisky you mean the oil of conversation the philosophic wine the elixir of life the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean good cheer the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy and to forget life s great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of pounds each year that provides tender care for our little crippled children our blind our deaf our dumb our pitifully aged and infirm to build the finest highways hospitals universities and community colleges in this nation then my friend I am absolutely unequivocally in favour of it This is my po sition and as always I refuse to compromise on matters of principle

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