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War hero Winston Churchill 'would not get the vote' today

Former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill would not be electable today because of the prevalence of spin in modern-day politics, broadcaster Jeremy Paxman has said.

The 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's death, on January 24, 1965, will be marked later this month.

Paxman told Radio Times magazine: "Any rounded assessment of Winston Churchill's life has to acknowledge that he was a ruthless egotist, a chancer, and a charlatan at times.

"Would he be electable now? I fear not."

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