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2013-01-27 10:54:25 AM
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African or european?
2013-01-27 06:19:41 PM
3 votes:

letrole: Monty Python is not funny.



I see..Do you want the full argument,or were you thinking of taking a course?
2013-01-27 04:05:58 PM
2 votes:

brantgoose: Boy, you could sure clean the country out fast if you required native-born British subjects to know who the Hell Clement Atlee was and what he did.


Questioner: Who was Clement Atlee?

I believe he was a minor British Prime Minister and politician.


Questioner: What did he accomplish?

No one knows. But as far as I can discover, absolutely nothing.

Questioner: Welcome to Britain! You are obviously a Russian spy since no British person would know or care a fig about Clement Atlee, so we're assigning you to Cambridge University as a Instructor in the Faculty of Arts, to teach Political Science. Here's a free sub to The Guardian to help you keep up on current events and a sub to the Times Educatiional Supplement to find out more about the remarkably unremarkable career of Clement Atlee. With sufficient research grant monies, we may be able to answer the many questions which remain unanswered Clement Atlee, such as "Who the Hell was Clement Atlee?" and "Why the Fork should I care?"


Clement Attlee was the guy who beat Churchill in the 1945 election and instituted the National Health Service. He changed Britain more than any postwar PM except Thatcher.
2013-01-28 08:17:49 PM
1 votes:

Bondith: How does Right of Abode work?


They let you use the reader as long as you install the crappy auto-updater.
2013-01-27 06:31:01 PM
1 votes:

gwowen: Flint Ironstag: gwowen: Clement Attlee was the guy who beat Churchill in the 1945 election and instituted the National Health Service. He changed Britain more than any postwar PM except Thatcher.

All the work setting up the NHS was done before Attlee came to power, under the Conservative led war government of Churchill.

1944 White Paper setting out the NHS.

The Beveridge Report, also under the Conservative government, set up the welfare state and social security.

In both cases the planning was done under a Conservative government. Attlee just followed those plans. Whoever came to power after the war would have created the NHS and Social security.

The war wasn't a Conservative government, it was a coalition. And the Beveridge Report wad mainly about the benefits / pension elements of the Welfare State, rather than the NHS

The Conservative manifesto called from voluntary hospitals to be free, but was a million miles from what Bevan actually implemented. Which is why *every single Conservative MP* voted against it. Every single one. All of them. Without exception.


THe Beveridge Report was the first time a National Health Service was ever mentioned, according to the Liberal Democrats. Link and the NHS was very much a big part of that report. Conservatives fully supported that, and far from being "A million miles" from what Attlee implemented the difference was the Tories wanted hospitals to be under local authorities, like schools, rather than a central NHS. Labour nationalised hospitals and took away rights to choose your own doctor etc.

The Conservatives said in their manifesto:
The health services of the country will be made available to all citizens. Everyone will contribute to the cost, and no one will be denied the attention, the treatment or the appliances he requires because he cannot afford them. We propose to create a comprehensive health service covering the whole range of medical treatment from the general practitioner to the specialist, and from the hospital to convalescence and rehabilitation


They disagreed how to do it, not that it should be done. Whichever party had come to power would have created the NHS, a single payer healthcare system free to all at point of use. They differed on the details of how to do it.
The idea that "Labour did it and if it were not for them it would not have happened" is rubbish.
2013-01-27 04:39:37 PM
1 votes:

gwowen: Clement Attlee was the guy who beat Churchill in the 1945 election and instituted the National Health Service. He changed Britain more than any postwar PM except Thatcher.


All the work setting up the NHS was done before Attlee came to power, under the Conservative led war government of Churchill.

1944 White Paper setting out the NHS.

The Beveridge Report, also under the Conservative government, set up the welfare state and social security.

In both cases the planning was done under a Conservative government. Attlee just followed those plans. Whoever came to power after the war would have created the NHS and Social security.
2013-01-27 02:00:48 PM
1 votes:
On the old Il2 Sturmovik forums, some wag put this up. Where aviation nerds and Monty Python buffs crossover.

i50.tinypic.com
It was named the Schwalbe.
2013-01-27 11:48:25 AM
1 votes:
I used to periodically ask that as a bonus question on tests. Sadly very few people knew the answer.
2013-01-27 11:05:44 AM
1 votes:
Up to 150 MPH

/in a hurricane
2013-01-27 11:02:35 AM
1 votes:
It should ask them if they know how to cook anything other than sausages or canned food.

"You can?  Come on in!  Don't worry about that Hadrian's Wall nonsense."
2013-01-27 10:59:48 AM
1 votes:
Oh, bloody hell! They asked me what the capital of Assyria was.
 
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