Churchill was witty in his public disparagement of him. (E.g. “A modest man with much to be modest about.” “An empty taxi drew up and Clement Attlee got out.”) But he knew better than anyone what a formidable operator Attlee was.
He then references a limerick which is sometimes attributed to Churchill.
There were few who thought him a starter,
And many who thought themselves smarter.
But he ended up PM, CH and OM,
An Earl and a Knight of the Garter.
And then goes on ….
It’s not inconceivable that people might write about Keir Starmer in these terms in a century from now. We shall just have to wait and see.
Umm - really? I’m not seeing it … yet. (John does provide a suitable waiting period!).
… then again - as much as I am not an artist, neither am I a political historian.