Its a great pity that such an important meeting, as the one between Chamberlain, Lord Halifax, Churchill & Margesson on the 9th May 1940 was unminuted. There seem to be several versions of what took place and who said what, not only by those present, but also people commenting well after the event. What is undisputed is that Chamberlain wanted to pass the premiership to Halifax. All Halifax had to say was "yes". Instead, he mumbled something about being a Lord...so Winston said 'I'm on it'...or words to that effect. It seems to me that Halifax wanted to influence policy, but didn't want to take the blame for any consequences. Halifax had also suffered a psychosomatic stomach ache at an earlier meeting when Chamberlain had floated the idea. So I guess he may have been [literally] ***t scared. So what do we make of Lord Halifax, his character and his motives?