Talk:Henry Campbell-Bannerman

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Date of Resignation[edit]

A clue in this year's King William's College quiz has drawn attention to this. Most online sources show that Bannerman-Campbell's letter of resignation was received by the king on April 5 and announced on April 6. What is the source for dating the resignation April 3? Iglew (talk) 21:04, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

John Wilson's biography of C.B. says this on page 626: "The King telegraphed on April 3 saying that under the circumstances he had no alternative but to accept C.B.'s resignation. On that day Nash wrote out, at C.B.'s dictation, the words: ‘Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman with his humble duty to Your Majesty submits his resignation of the appointments of Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.’ With an effort C.B. signed his name under it, firm, clear and legible. After he had done so, he said to Nash: ‘There's the last kick. My dear fellow, I don't mind. I've been Prime Minister for longer than I deserve.’ On the 3rd also the King wrote to him saying how sorry he was, ‘as it has always been a great pleasure and satisfaction to me to do business with you. ...’ Parliament reassembled on April 6, and the departure of the Prime Minister overshadowed everything else in members' minds".--Britannicus (talk) 17:00, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

Role in Israel as Buffer State[edit]

please forgive I am new to wikipedia edits..

The new book, Side By Side says that CB was an early influence in the creation of the State of Israel, for the purpose of dividing the Arabs who may unite. However, this was included as part of the Palestinian Narrative, which is not footnoted. Does anyone have a way to find actual documents which support this? I am here including another quote I found, but it was not properly footnoted according to wikipedia rules:

"There are people (the Arabs, Editor's Note) who control spacious territories teeming with manifest and hidden resources. They dominate the intersections of world routes. Their lands were the cradles of human civilizations and religions. These people have one faith, one language, one history and the same aspirations. No natural barriers can isolate these people from one another ... if, per chance, this nation were to be unified into one state, it would then take the fate of the world into its hands and would separate Europe from the rest of the world. Taking these considerations seriously, a foreign body should be planted in the heart of this nation to prevent the convergence of its wings in such a way that it could exhaust its powers in never-ending wars. It could also serve as a springboard for the West to gain its coveted objects."

From the Campbell-Bannerman Report, 1907

If this source is valid, I think it will be very useful to add to the wikipedia page. (talk) 15:27, 2 September 2012 (UTC)Patrick Moore

I question the use of the phrase "the West" in geopolitical terminology in 1907, as there was no Communist bloc then.Cloptonson (talk) 06:37, 7 March 2014 (UTC)


... each weighed nearly 20 stone in later years.

Translation for non-British readers, please, in pounds. Sca (talk) 17:20, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

I will oblige by the weight in pounds, aware 20 stone was a maximal figure. As to metric, I do not know how to translate as I rarely use metric.Cloptonson (talk) 06:33, 7 March 2014 (UTC)