Was Clement Attlee a Modest Little Man?

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How far do sources G, H and I support the view that Attlee was ‘a modest little man with much to be modest about’. Winston Churchill once said of Clement Attlee that he was ‘a modest little man with much to be modest about.’ Contrary to this quote by one of his critics, the letter in source G displays Attlee in less than a modest way. Written by Attlee himself, it should give a true representation of his character as it was not intended to be published. Therefore he had no need to pretend to be something he was not. Within the letter he patronisingly points out where Churchill is not doing his job properly with many a snide remark. Clement Attlee mentions the ‘length of time…entailed on busy ministers’, implying that he has more important jobs to do which would discredit the description of him having ‘much to be modest about’. However the letter does display signs that Attlee was ‘modest’. He wrote that he had the ‘honour to preside’ in the committees set up by Churchill. It can be taken from this that he is a humble and appreciative man. As well Attlee refers to ‘we’ instead of I, showing he is modest by not taking the credit for himself. Also supporting Churchill’s view is source H, within which a colleague of Attlee, Aneurin Bevan, critiques his approach. Bevan states that Clement Attlee ‘consistently underplayed his position’ suggesting that he did not fulfil his role thus having ‘much to be modest about’. The term ‘underplayed’ could alternatively provide evidence of Attlee being a modest man if taken to mean under representing something. Despite being written in a Labour magazine -the party of Attlee- the article does little to praise him. This in itself could supply evidence that Attlee did not do much as even his colleagues did not think much of him. Yet if this is the case the article may not be very reliable as the author has his own perception of Attlee that would be portrayed in it. Compared to the primary source of G, source H cannot be held with as...
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