Originally Posted by Seehund
If Halifax became PM, Churchill would have effectively become the Minister of Defence: steps like this had begun before 10 May with his chairing of the Defence Committee. Halifax as PM would leave Churchill as the most prominent Minister in the House of Commons, and the one increasingly running the war effort - a job Halifax admitted he was not best fitted for. So, even if Winnie doesn't become PM in May 1940, he would still be all but PM in effect.
Yes but with the failures of the war in the early days the role of Minister of Defence may well have been a poisoned chalice.
I would also argue that Halifax was an "appeaser" only when he believed that appeasement would work, he was for appeasement in both the Rhineland which was German territory anyway and Austria as long as it was peaceful but he was far from an appeaser over Czechoslovakia and pushed for military support for the Czechs and more or less told Germany they would go to war over Poland.