Aneurin Bevan: A Biography: Volume 1: 1897-1945: 1897-1945 v. 1 Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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About the Author
Michael Foot (1913-2010) was a writer, journalist and politician, leading the Labour Party from 1980 to 1983. His numerous books range from the withering polemic Guilty Men (co-written with Peter Howard and Frank Owen) about the hapless appeasers of the 1930s to his magnificent two-volume biography of Aneurin Bevan.
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The period in the run up to the war saw many attacks on the living standards of the ordinary working people of Britain. Many were condemned to grinding poverty. None more so than the Miners. Bevan eloquently expressed these grievances. He was a staunch critic of his own Labour party (it's "illiberal, oligarchic methods of party machine") and Parliament ("The House of commons has reduced my people to such impotence what are we to do? You have deprived them of any voice any where....") He was a refreshing antidote to the vain, power-hungry opportunist careerists who have always bedevilled the movement by selling out when crunch time came. The leaders took to any means to stamp out dissent as they often still do. It is interesting to see some of the historical parallels with today best illustrated by Bevan's own words:
"One of the dangers of the sort of machine we have created is that we have made it comparatively easy for a large number of people to acquire prestige and status. Our Machine is more bureaucratic then democratic. The principle of selection from above has taken the place of election from below.Read more ›
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