Inglis’ joy was short-lived. Between 12 am and 1 am on September 21, a fire broke out in buildings on Whitehall Street and burned through the night. Conditions were conductive to fire: the city was dry and a brisk southeasterly wind blew. Between 1000 and 1500 houses burned to the ground. A newspaper reported: Here we go, information that you could have found out for yourself if you had been bothered....<quoted text> Most of us would never have had a chance of being Prime Minister after a seriouis nasty mess up like that but Winston did. Why? Really? I think it's because he came from a wealthy privileged background and so was given many chances. I bet that there were many other Britishmen that could have done a far superior job but simply didn't get a look in because the weren't from the right family. This doesn't only happen in England, it happens all over the world. Meritocracy as oppossed to family ties would have meant less allies would have died and the war still won. Just sayin'
"The Fire that the British started…swept away all the Buildings between Broad Street and the North-River, almost as high as the City-Hall; and from thence, all the houses between Broadway and the North-River, as far as King’s College…Long before the main Fire reached Trinity Church, that large, ancient and venerable Edifice was in Flames, which baffled every Effort to suppress them. The Steeple, which was 140 feet high, the upper Part of Wood…resembled a vast Pyramid of Fire…Several Women and Children perished in the Fire, their Shrieks, joined to the roaring of the Flames, the Crash of falling Houses…formed a scene of Horror beyond Description. Besides Trinity Church, the Rector’s House, the Charity
And if you ask for more proof I will tell you to do your own research in a not so diplomatic way