Sir James Richard Stanhope, 7th Earl Stanhope, now First Lord of the Admiralty, is noted for his outspokenness, rashness, indiscretion. Once in 1915 he went straight from Flanders and without changing from his muddy kit appeared in the House of Lords to tell publicly just what was wrong with the ammunition supply system serving the troops in France and Belgium. Former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin (now Earl Baldwin) called him "that good man Jim Stanhope" and took him under his political wing, but Lord Baldwin also saw to it that important statements made by Friend Jim (who was then First Commissioner...

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