Aneurin Bevan

Aneurin Bevan
Aneurin Bevan
  • Born: November 15, 1897
  • Died: July 6, 1960
  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Profession: Politician

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Aneurin Bevan, often known as Nye Bevan, was a Welsh Labour Party politician who was the Minister for Health in the UK from 1945 to 1951. The son of a coal miner, Bevan was a lifelong champion of social justice, the rights of working people and democratic socialism. He was a long-time Member of Parliament (MP), representing Ebbw Vale in South Wales for 31 years. He was one of the chief spokesmen for the Labour Party's left wing, and of left-wing British thought generally. His most famous accomplishment came when, as Minister of Health, he spearheaded the establishment of the National Health Service, which was to provide medical care free at point-of-need to all Britons, regardless of wealth. He resigned when the Attlee government decided to transfer funds from the National Insurance Fund to pay for rearmament. The left-wing group within the party was described as "Bevanite" but he did not control it.

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Discontent arises from a knowledge of the possible, as contrasted with the actual Public Opinion & Polling
Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus. Freedom & Liberty
He [Winston Churchill] is a man suffering from petrified adolescence. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He [Winston Churchill] refers to a defeat as a disaster as though it came from God, but to a victory as though it came from himself. War & Peace
He brings to the fierce struggle of politics the tepid enthusiasm of a lazy summer afternoon at a crickett match. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
He has the lucidity which is the by-product of a fundamentally sterile mind. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He is a man suffering from petrified adolescence. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century. Liberals & Conservatives
I am not going to spend any time whatsoever in attacking the Foreign Secretary. Quite honestly I am beginning to feel extremely sorry for him. If we complain about the tune, there is no reason to attack the monkey when the organ grinder is present. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have never regarded politics as an arena of morals. It is the arena of interests. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I read the newspapers avidly; it is my one form of continuous fiction. Media, Journalism & The Press
Its [the Communist party's] relationship to democratic institutions is that of a death watch beetle. It is not a party; it is a conspiracy. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical and social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory party .... They are lower than vermin. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical and social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party…So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. Political Parties & Machines
Playing on a fuddled fiddle, somewhere in the muddled middle. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Please don't be deterred in the fanatic application of your sterile logic. Management & Managing Government
Politics is a blood sport. Sports & Athletics ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The function of a parliamentary democracy, under universal suffrage, historically considered, is to expose wealth-privilege to the attacks of the people. Democracies & Republics
The Great Society has arrived and the task of our generation is to bring it under control. Miscellaneous
The language of priorities is the religion of Socialism. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Miscellaneous
The mediocrity of his [Winston Churchill's] thinking is concealed by the majesty of his language.... He mistakes verbal facilities for mental inspiration. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away. Power
The right kind of leader for the Labour party is a desiccated calculating machine. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There has never been a war yet which, if the facts had been put calmly before the ordinary folk, could not have been prevented. The common man is the greatest protection against war. War & Peace
This island is almost made of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish in Great Britain at the same time. Energy ;Miscellaneous ;Public Works & Natural Resources
Fascism is not in itself a new order of society. It is the future refusing to be born. Society ;Future
He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle.
I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I know that the right kind of political leader for the Labour Party is a desiccated calculating machine.
I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one. Sympathy
It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.
It is not possible to create peace in the Middle East by jeopardizing the peace of the world. War & Peace
No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.
No attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.
Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
Reactionary: a man walking backwards with his face to the future. Future
Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable. Business, Commerce & Finance
Stand not too near the rich man lest he destroy thee - and not too far away lest he forget thee.
The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
The Tories, every election, must have a bogy man. If you haven't got a programme, a bogy man will do.
This is my truth, tell me yours. Truth
This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time. Time
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run down.