Nye Bevan Quits: The Dawn of Labour’s Divisive Decade

In 1951 Nye Bevan resigned from the Cabinet over NHS charges. He told Prime Minister  Attlee that Labour’s budget ‘fails to apportion fairly the burdens of expenditure as between different social classes’ A look back at the beginning of the Gaitskellite/Bevanite battle that would divide the party for the next decade. The 1950 general election result … Continue reading Nye Bevan Quits: The Dawn of Labour’s Divisive Decade

Prisoners of the Past: Nostalgia and the Post-War Labour Party

Whether it's the collective imagery of Dunkirk, 1945, Thatcherism or the Iraq War, our political discourse remains wedded to the imagery of the past. The stories we tell ourselves are the glue that hold us together. But as Richard Jobson's new book argues, it is also holding us back.  CONTENTS 1. Introduction - Labour, nostalgia and 'nostalgia-identity' … Continue reading Prisoners of the Past: Nostalgia and the Post-War Labour Party

Lower Than Vermin: The Story Of Bevan’s Quote That Lives On

It's 70 years since Nye Bevan claimed the Tories were 'lower than vermin'. The speech took on a life of its own; to some it cost Labour two million votes at a general election, blighted his career and ruined the growing political consensus. But to the current Labour activists his words resonate more than ever.  … Continue reading Lower Than Vermin: The Story Of Bevan’s Quote That Lives On

Let’s Build The Houses Quick! How Labour tackled previous housing crises

Part One: Homes Fit For Heroes The Wheatley Housing Act of 1924 allowed central government to provide subsidies for social housing. The aim was to create employment in a shattered construction industry and provide quality homes at affordable rents. Ten years later, over half a million council homes had been built in the UK.  It … Continue reading Let’s Build The Houses Quick! How Labour tackled previous housing crises

“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