Masters No More Masters Clement Attlee and the ‘Revolt of the Suburbs’

Holding together working- and middle-class voters has been Labour’s historic Achilles’ heel. Can Keir Starmer do what Clement Attlee couldn’t in 1950? In April 1946, the Attorney General, Sir Hartley Shawcross, told Conservative MPs in a Commons debate, “We are the masters” and will be “for a long time to come”. Labour had just become … Continue reading Masters No More Masters Clement Attlee and the ‘Revolt of the Suburbs’

Now Britain is a Socialist Country: How Labour shocked the world and won the 1945 election

There were only 79 days between the end of the Second World War and Attlee’s arrival in 10 Downing Street. Labour shocked the world by ousting Churchill, and had a mandate to radically alter every aspect of the British working life. For the first time in the party’s history, they had a majority to do … Continue reading Now Britain is a Socialist Country: How Labour shocked the world and won the 1945 election

“Why should the people wait any longer?” – How Labour built the NHS

The essence of a satisfactory health service is that the rich and the poor are treated alike, that poverty is not a disability, and wealth is not an advantage Society becomes more wholesome, more serene, and spiritually healthier, if it knows that its citizens have at the back of their consciousness the knowledge that not … Continue reading “Why should the people wait any longer?” – How Labour built the NHS