The first in an occasional series explaining the origins of well-known words and phrases
WHY does the Prime Minister have a Cabinet?
the olden days, Winston Churchill literally kept his ministers in stout
wooden wardrobes to prevent them from getting damaged in the Blitz.
would literally hold "cabinet" meetings where everyone was wheeled
in by strong porters to discuss the matters of the day, and then be
wheeled back to an underground bunker when finished.
If Mr Churchill
decided that one of his "cabinet" ministers had passed their sell-by
date, he would have them nailed shut and tipped into the Thames from
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