Sir Henry Channon, often known as Chips Channon, was an American-born British Conservative politician, author and diarist. Channon moved to England in 1920 and became strongly anti-American, feeling that American cultural and economic views threatened traditional European and British civilisation. He wrote extensively about these views. Channon quickly became enamoured of London society and became a social and political climber.
|Certainly he had none of a gentleman's instincts, strutting about peace conferences in Arab dress.||Compliments, Insults & Rebukes|
|I think [Lady Astor] is seriously rattled by the “Cliveden Set” allegations which were made against her before the war, and now wants to live them down.||War & Peace|
|In wartime the herd instinct rise …||War & Peace|
|The function will be criticized, since there is already talk of a so-called “Cliveden” set which is alleged to be pro-Hitler, but which, in reality, is only pro-Chamberlain and pro-sense.||War & Peace|
|The present King and Queen are popular, very, and increasingly so, but they have no message for the Labour Party who believe them, and rightly I fear, to be but the puppets of a Palace clique…. Still, it is the aristocracy which still rules England although nobody seems to believe it.||Management & Managing Government|
|Towards the end of the Banquet came the news, the great world stirring news, that Neville [Chamberlain], on his own initiative, seeing war coming closer and closer, had telegraphed to Hitler that he wanted to see him, and asked him to name an immediate rendezvous…. Of course a way out will not be found. Neville by his imagination and practical good sense, has saved the world.||Negotiating & Negotiations|