There was controversy yesterday when the BBC announced that its September 1940 edition of Question Time would not include Adolf Hitler, the Leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party and Leader of the Third Reich.
"We don't believe that his recent victories in Europe entitle him to appear on our programme. He has appeared on similar programmes elsewhere but the only question asked was 'Will you let my Stormtroopers walk over your country?' to which the answer always seemed to be 'Yes' after a brief public argument.", a BBC Spokesman said. "We think that the answer here would probably be 'No', so we don't think there is much scope for debate."
Air Marshal Dowding added, "He keeps sending these airborne pleas to appear on Question Time, escorted by Messerschmitts, but every time they appear we always seem to shoot his arguments down in flames. We think he will soon get the message that we don't want him here and perhaps look to appear on some programmes in Russia in about six months' time."
Winston Churchill is 135.