1945 Labour Government · 2017 · British Rail · Jeremy Corbyn · Nationalisation

It’s Coming Home: The Labour Party’s Journey Back To British Rail

Twenty five years ago the Conservative's passed the Railways Bill which ushered in the privatisation of British Rail. Labour promised to fight it every step of the way. Once in government they baulked. There will be no backtracking this time. This week the government announced that it will intervene to manage the East Coast rail… Continue reading It’s Coming Home: The Labour Party’s Journey Back To British Rail

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2017 · Housing · Margaret Thatcher · New Labour · Working Class Culture

Broken Dreams: The Rise and Fall of British Council Housing

In 1979 42% of the British population lived in a council house. Today the figure is less than 8%. The drop has led to an inflated housing market, insecure tenancies and a sustained cultural attack on the working class. As Britain endures its worst housing crisis since the war, with 1.8m households on the waiting list, can Labour revitalise the municipal dream? Municipal… Continue reading Broken Dreams: The Rise and Fall of British Council Housing

1945 Labour Government · 2017 · General Election 1945 · NHS · Nye Bevan

Bevan’s Speech on The Second Reading of the NHS Bill – April 1946

HOUSE OF COMMONS, 30 April 1946 Second reading of the NHS Bill I beg to move that the Bill be now read a Second time. In the last two years there has been such a clamour from sectional interests in the field of national health that we are in danger of forgetting why these proposals… Continue reading Bevan’s Speech on The Second Reading of the NHS Bill – April 1946