At seventy-six Churchill was eager to form a government after the Conservative victory of October 1951. Perhaps he was encouraged by the thought of Adenauer, West Germany’s leader since 1949, who was 75 and Statin who was 72. Churchill, however, was far from being a young 76-year-old. When Adenauer visited him in December 1951 Churchill’s speech was jerky, spluttering and hesitant.1 It seemed unlikely that he would continue to 1955.
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