Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan review – lucid account of a flawed hero | Books | The Guardian

In the pantheon of Labour heroes, indeed among 20th-century politicians as a whole, Aneurin Bevan enjoys one of the foremost places. His towering achievement was the creation of the National Health Service, which he drove through in the teeth of bitter opposition from both the medical profession and the Tories. To this day his legacy – a health service available to all, free at the point of use – is the one part of the postwar consensus that has survived more or less intact the ravages of Thatcherism and the global market.

But all great men have their flaws and, as this lucid, well-researched biography concedes, Bevan’s were…

Source: Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan review – lucid account of a flawed hero | Books | The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan review – lucid account of a flawed hero | Books | The Guardian

  1. This sounds like the story of so many Labour politicians. Fiery to start with, compromise at the end. Like Bevan, I was also expelled from the Labour Party. I am also no fan of Gaitskell. (Retrospectively of course) However, I have a lot of respect for anyone who pushed through our wonderful NHS against fierce opposition.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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