letrole: Monty Python is not funny.
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?"
Bondith: How does Right of Abode work?
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 NHSThe 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.
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.
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