UK £5 note to feature Churchill
posted at 9:44 am on April 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Seventy years after saving his country and western Europe from Nazi domination, and fifty years after the 20th century’s arguably most towering and influential figure shuffled off this mortal coil, the UK will finally put Winston Churchill’s picture on their currency. In 2016, the Churchill £5 note will replace the note currently featuring Elizabeth Fry:
Sir Winston Churchill will feature on the new design of a banknote which will enter circulation in 2016, the Bank of England has announced.
The wartime leader’s image is planned to feature on the reverse of the new £5 note, together with one of his most celebrated quotations.
Churchill was chosen owing to his place as “a hero of the entire free world”, said Bank governor Sir Mervyn King.
The current face of the £5 note is social reformer Elizabeth Fry.
Frankly, the question should be … “what took them so long?” While Churchill remains a controversial figure, there is no doubt that he shaped the 20th century — for better or worse — more than any other individual. He led his nation to unexpected defiance of Hitler and the Nazis after the appeasement he had long opposed finally collapsed, holding out for a long two years until Japan finally provoked the United States to join him against the onslaught of totalitarianism and barbarism.
Heck, maybe we should consider putting Churchill on our currency.