" And so, on May 8th, Churchill found himself making the speech winding up the debate for the Government. It was probably the most difficult performance of his career. Churchill had spent his life opposing the sort of policies that Chamberlain personified, and now he was making the key speech to defend the man and his policies. But, as First Lord of the Admiralty, he was responsible for many of the misjudgements that brought [about] the Norwegian fiasco, and caused the widespread rage that was threatening to topple the government. After the two day recital of German triumphs, and the resulting atmosphere of impending doom, his speech "amused and dazzled everyone with his virtuosity. One of his secretariat later wrote:
'He was constantly heckled by the Labour opposition, and he tore into them vehemently and often angrily ... Churchill knew that he was defending positions that were, in many respects, indefensible. He knew that if the bitterest critics had their way Chamberlain would probably resign. He knew, that in that case he would probably become Prime Minster himself. But throughout the entire political crisis he never spoke or acted except in absolute loyalty to his Prime Minister.' "
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