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'Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee' by John Bew

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'Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee' by John Bew

Post by oftenwrong on Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:57 pm

A review in the Guardian by Chris Mullin deals with a new book by John Bew, with the title "Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee."  It's evidently a good read at 544 pages, and reminds us that after the end of WW2 the Attlee government introduced a comprehensive system of social insurance providing unemployment pay, sickness benefit, maternity leave, widow's benefit, family allowances, established the NHS, raised the school-leaving age and took into public ownership the coal industry, railways, gas and electricity.

(There is apparently no mention of whether on the seventh day he rested.)

As a pointer perhaps to events 68 years on, the book mentions that Attlee "faced no fewer than four attempts to force him out of the leadership and almost incessant criticism from within his own party, from both right and left."

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/01/citizen-clem-by-john-bew-review-labour-clement-atlee
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Post by boatlady on Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:43 pm

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