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Can you pick the Historians who said it for controversy 2 1945-1960?
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'Luftwaffe bombs did not discriminate between the homes of the rich and poor'
'war exposed weakness ruthlessly and brutally... which called for revolutionary changes in the economic and social life of the country' (Eden)
Evacuation 'aroused conscience of the nation'
Evacuation 'stimulated enquiry and proposals for reform'
Beveridge report had a 'cromwellian spirit and messianic tone'
Coalition was breaking up 'as soon as victory had begun to look assured'
'They [socialists] would have to fall back on some form of Gestapo'
Gestapo comment was 'Churchill's monstrous blunder'
Churchill became known as an 'old warrior' after he lost the general election
After losing the election 'we shall get kicked out, but we'll be back' (Tory MP)
Atlee knew he couldn't keep his promises as he was 'faced with problems that had to be solved, but couldn't be solved'
Truman was 'least sympathetic' to GB's economic and social status
10 months after sept 1945 were 'menacing' for GB
Raising of age for National Insurance - Increase workforce and Reduce burden on pensions
Rose-tinted version of the perfect Britain
No feel for consumerism - won't work hard for something they don't see the benefits for
Right after the war there was a 'virtual elimination of unemployment'
GB relied on 'new developing industries' after the war
'very spirit of the nation had changed'
1 in 3 didn't actually care about an NHS
'Ghastly muddle' over demobilisation and 'mass employment will promptly return'
Everyone wanted 'a rest', wanted everything back to normal
'an empty taxi pulled outside downing street and Atlee got out'
'New Jerusalem' described as 'poetry of fairness'
Beveridge 'was not as pretty as a spitfire, but was still a national treasure'
Keynes was sent to get a loan and was the 'finest exposition they'd ever heard'
Government ecouraged public to 'make do and cutback'
Many who voted Labour felt they had 'been led down the garden path'
Britain had 'had its day' (Churchill)
Britain had been 'bumped down the world order' (Churchill)
Government cutback the navy - 'lifeblood of the sea was draining away'
Britain was 'trading sucker and security for national independence'
On the creation of the NHS 'we have now the moral leadership of the worlds' (Bevan)
Korean War - 'drastically undersupplied'
When Churchill was re-elected he was not so much a 'war-maker' but someone who sought pleace'
'no one wanted to go back to 1939'
TV - 'unleashed the beast' - showed the future to the new generation
Churchill in the mid 1950's 'felt like an aeroplane that had run out of petrol'
Later part of 1950's - Britain became a 'land of restraint and conformity'
Anthony Eden was 'dash and had an image of a man of style'
Suez canal - 'economic superhighway of the age'
During the 1950's - British people began to 'put two fingers up to tradition'
Britain was 'ungoverned' and 'self-regulating place' - Laissez Faire
'Mood was for big government digging deep into people's lives to improve them'
Governement making blank cheques - 'large financial commitments cannot at this stage be undertaken without misgiving'
Can't afford 'newer industries'
Not everyone wanted change - 'massive inertial resistance'
'specific skills needed' for change to work successfully
NJ would have been better if government waited - would have stopped 'back-tracking'
'summer 1949 when actual national bankruptcy seemed all too possible'
'we must deal in full honesty with the people and not encourage them to expect financial impossibilities' (Morrison)
'Ideology before substance'
War economy; 'artificial', didn't have 'harsh stresses' of peacetime, 'no internal competition', 'no spur to efficiency'
'little incentive for workforce to step up productivity'
What GB needed in peacetime was 'cost-effective production of goods that would beat the competition'
Atlee gave his 'blessing' to his manifesto
Labour Manifesto - People 'deserved and must be assured a happier future'
Labour said they were going to be 'building no fewer than 4 million houses' - outright lying only built 1 million
Atlee to Laski 1944 'multitude of problems which will face us'
Called Barnett a 'Cassandra' which in Greek mythology means prophet of doom
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