Welcome to Cutting Edge. Guests can see and read the contents of most of the boards on this forum but need to become members to read all of them.

Members may post messages and start threads, but it is essential that they read our posting rules and advice before doing so. If you have any immediate questions or queries, please post them on the suggestions board.

After posting at least ten messages, members are able to contact each other and the staff through our personal messaging system.

This forum is administrated by Ivan and moonbeam and moderated by astradt1.

Thank you for visiting Cutting Edge.

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

View previous topic View next topic Go down

'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."


Posts : 12030
Join date : 2011-10-08

Back to top Go down

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

Post by boatlady on Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:43 pm

Plus ca change ----
Former Moderator

Posts : 3804
Join date : 2012-08-24
Location : Norfolk

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum