"For a start he planned to make war on Britain and to a Nation we were pledged to assist ...Poland"
If we were pledged to assist Poland, why did we then not declare war on USSR when they invaded two weeks after Germany?" Poland was a lost cause. It has been split between surrounding powers since the day it was formed. If Hitler hadn't have grabbed it, the Soviets would have.
"He manipulated a British Prime Minister into dividing the Czech nation."
The Czech nation would never have worked anyway. Look at Austria-Hungary. When there are people of many different nationalities, there is always going to be bitterness and hatred between them. Its human nature, and as much as we try and suppress it with our 'Political Correctness', it's always going to be there. In Czechoslovakia, there were Germans, Czechs, Slovaks, Austrians and others. Instead of having one crappy nation where nobody gets along, why not have each minority form its own country. There has been many examples of countries of mixed nationalities falling to pieces throughout history: Austria-Hungary, Yugoslavia, Serbia/Kosovo, Israel/Palestine, USSR and soon to become another example, the EU.
"Just because no shot was exchanged don't think for a second that he would not have treated us the same way he disregarded the neutrality of other nations"
I agree, he was wrong to disregard the neutrality of them countries, but he did not want war with Britain, and provided we didn't provoke him, he wouldn't have ordered an attack on us.
"Hitler may not have wanted war with Britain but to what lengths did he go to avoid it , would it have been in the National interest to have made a peace with Hitler in June /July 1940 ?"
If by accepting a peace treaty with Germany, less British soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians died, less of our Empire was lost, less of our economy was ruined, then yes, it would have been in the National Interest.
"Could you have slept safe in the knowledge that there was in Whitehall " A piece of paper signed by Herr Hitler" which assured us of his peaceful intent."
If I was in Holland or Belgium, I would most certainly not sleep soundly at night, but I could have trusted Hitler's word about not attacking Britain. We had nothing which Hitler wanted. He wanted Europe, we wanted our island, and our Empire. He was willing to let us take French overseas colonies, and even keep control of German territories put under British protection in 1919 at Versailles.
"The Empire was by the start of the war an outmoded institution...it would not have surived much longer"
If we didn't have to fight anyone, then we could have retained our Empire, be it with the 'iron fist in the chainmail glove' or not.
"Would still have to say that a peace with Germany would have visited evil on many more nations."
As a British person, I care more about what happens in Britain than elsewhere in the world. If Hitler had decided to run amock in France, then thats their problem and not mine.
"what would have happened if say the price of peace was to give up Gibralter and Malta to Italy and to remove troops from Egypt ?"
We would never have had to cede any lands to Italy. If it came to it, Hitler would have sided with the British over the Italians anyday. He disliked and distrusted them, mainly because they declared neutrality in 1914 even though they were in the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary & Italy) and they joined the Allies in 1915. He'd seen their forces in action in Spain in 1936 and afterwards in Albania and he had no repesct whatsoever for them. On the otherhand, Hitler respected Britain. He respected its Navy, the skills of it's soldiers, it's history and it's national pride.
He only sided with Italy because we wouldnt ally with Germany, and also Italy was a fascist state. I am sure if Hitler secretly stated his intentions in Russia to Britain before the war started, we would have been quick to ally with him. Remember, Britian was the original anti-Communist country, helping Tsarist Russia fight off the revolutionaries in the rebellions before 1914.
Still, I have the greatest respect for Churchill. His speeches were some of the best I know of, especialy 'Never has so much been owed to so many by so few'. He did his best to achieve what he believed in, and he got it in the end. He was a great leader, and he is a great example of the British determindness and resolve. He must have had real guts to do what he did. Refusing the peace offer after the fall of France would most certainly have finished us off, if Hitler hadn't have gotten bored of waiting to attack Russia. I just think our nation was led in the wrong direction, and maybe the Soviet victory in Europe caused more problems than it solved.