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And I was as fed up as anybody, not having nice, fully fashioned glamour stockings.
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And of course it was redistributed, because they were so poor, many of them weren't paying any income tax, or very little.
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And that had a powerful appeal, particularly to those who had been denied the choice to stay on at school, to go to university, to be something else, other than going down the pit.
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And that will increasingly dawn on people. The demand for controlling the commanding heights will grow.
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And what always struck me about that war period was how even Churchill had to talk socialism to keep up people's morale.
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Another example of that was that even during the economic problems of the 1945 government, we managed to carry out other aspects of our policy and other ideals. Through the establishment of national parks, for instance.
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Any money you've got should be put into helping us to invest in this new machinery ourselves. And so there it was, enormous pressure. Ah, give us a bit of glamour, for heaven's sake! We've earned it, haven't we?
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As far as some of the major industries were concerned, there's no proof at all of the greater inefficiency of the nationalized industries.
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Britain in the 1970s was undoubtedly an economic mess because of the oil price explosion.
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But we went down with our colors flying and I think we never compromised on our beliefs, which turned out to be proved entirely right.
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Do you know one of the most interesting things is, when we lost office in '51 we did so on a higher vote that we'd been elected to in '45.
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Everybody has been, for a time, stunned by what has happened. Unions have been stunned into acquiescence. Local parties, labor activists have been stunned out of their ideas.
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He described how, as a boy of 14, his dad had been down the mining pit, his uncle had been down the pit, his brother had been down the pit, and of course he would go down the pit.
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House prices went up, everybody said, 'Ooh, I'm going to get rich.' It seemed like it, and for a time one or two people did, but then they suddenly ran up the biggest balance of payments deficit in our history. Appalling.
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I always remember the austerity we still had to exercise because we'd lost our export markets while we produced the munitions of war.
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I remember a big meeting with the hosiery trade in Harold's ministerial room.
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I remember Aneurin Bevan's great battles to establish a comprehensive universal national health service.
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I remember going down one working class street near the wool mill and its dye works. I don't know whether you have ever endured the smell of dye on wet wool, but it was appalling.
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I remember people who'd had a lot of hardship during the war. They'd thought we'd won.
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I remember she said, 'Keep government out of people's lives. Let them go ahead and catch as catch can, that's the way to maximum wealth.'
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I think we're going to get a lot of unrest showing itself in all sorts of demonstrations, and you never quite know what would come out of it.
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I was brought up in the industrial north in Bradford, which was a wool town, and as a school girl, in my gym slip and long black woolen stockings, I used to walk around those streets.
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I was parliamentary private secretary, first to Stafford Cripps when he was president of the Board of Trade and then to Harold Wilson when he followed Stafford Cripps in that job.
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I was so proud of that government.
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I was so scrupulous in fighting hard, but I would have against me the weight of Cabinet colleagues who had also got spending desires and philosophies and dreams and ideals.
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If I couldn't tolerate it, why should anybody? But you see, there was nobody at that stage in the development of economic thinking that took responsibility for the consequences of this scramble for wealth.
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If you've got unemployment, low pay, that was just too bad. But that was the system. That was the sort of economy and philosophy against which I was fighting in the 1930s.
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In politics, guts is all.
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It has stood above all for getting people jobs and a decent wage, a good home, healthy food, the amenities of life for everyone, on broadly equal terms, no extremes of wealth and poverty.
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It is true that privatization has given a shot in the arm to all sorts of industries.
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It is true that they paid much more attention to the trade unions because the trade unions were after all speaking for the rights and conditions of working men and women in their employment.
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It might have been offset for us if the revenue from our own oil and natural gas that was just developing had been available to the Labor Government, but the oil revenues were just coming in when Labor fell in '79.
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It was emancipation. But it was only done by a collective effort, by a comprehensive body that covered the whole country, and which could, therefore, direct some of the efforts from the wealthier areas on to the poorer ones.
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It was very much a cry for democratic control at that time. Above all, breaking the accomplished power of a few people to rule the lives of everybody else.
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Now a company's power is becoming bigger and less accountable than it ever was before. It was bad enough when it was just a big, national industry.
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Of course the GIs who came over from the States and were still living in England, they had a wonderful time because they were very popular with the girls with their fully fashioned stockings from America.
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Of course, if you're a keen minister you'll fight very hard for your own department and for funds for your own department.
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Otherwise, if it accumulates in a few hands, the very rich don't spend it on domestic products. They spend it on yachts, abroad, on little foreign islands.
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People were so frightened of losing their jobs they stayed mum. It's always been part of my Socialist economics belief that the best way to increase wealth is to share it more equally.
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Seattle is an example when the poorest countries will suddenly say, 'We've been exploited enough.' And they're going to be more active and more demanding, and they can be more of a nuisance.
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She was the one who fought like a wildcat for free school meals for needy school children, because she said you can't educate children with empty bellies. It was as primitive as that. She was successful in getting this.
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So there was a great clamor for the government to authorize the importance of provisions of fully fashioned stockings.
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That is why after the great giveaway budget of 1988 under Margaret Thatcher there was at first a great boom.
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That was not what men and women fought for during the war.
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That's what eventually brought Margaret Thatcher's downfall and a chance for Labor's concept of greater distribution of wealth in the country, wider distribution.
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That's what we meant - a society which was held together by the sense of our being members, one of another, interdependent, and we did.
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The oil-producing countries who produced the oil so essential to the running of industry and people's homes suddenly took the bit between their teeth and started to push prices up, by billions and billions of pounds.
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The Tories said, 'Oh, well, that was totally unnecessary, it was social mismanagement,' and so on, and they managed to oust us in '51.
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The trouble was, of course, at that time our vote was concentrated in one or two areas, and the Tories' vote was spread more evenly and that enabled them just to win office and push us out.
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Their idea was that competition would bring out the best in the entrepreneur and that the customer would benefit from that competition.
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Then, with lots of people doing that without ever looking over their shoulders to see how they were affecting anybody else, it couldn't work, and it didn't work, and it just came to a standstill.
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There was no choice. And that was the reason why he said to share that power that's accumulated we can't buy a bit of the steel mill, or part of the pit. It's got to be done collectively, through public ownership.
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There was no welfare state, and people had to rely mainly on the Poor Law - that was all the state provided. It was very degrading, very humiliating. And there was a means test for receiving poor relief.
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There was nobody putting a floor in their lives to give them some kind of basic economic security. That was contrary to the philosophy.
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There's already a new world unrest showing itself among those who are left on the sidelines when this great accumulation of power takes place.
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They were right to do so, because since Thatcher came to power and there's been this widespread feeling of 'smash the unions,' what has happened has been that that was not so much unrest because of unemployment.
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They'll pay and pay and pay. But it precipitated the recession by wrecking world trade, and that was the great blow.
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They've tended more or less to accept this development as inevitable and healthy. But I think the backlash is already starting.
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Those were the ideals that drove us to nationalization of the health service.
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We didn't invest or anything, not only during the war but during the Depression years which preceded it. And so we said it'd only mean you'd run up an enormous bill and it wouldn't help us.
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We had been encouraged by the Americans to become the arsenal of the Allies while they paid for food and raw materials coming into the country and said, 'Oh, we'll settle after the war.'
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We had the most terrible balance of payments debt, and a huge rise in unemployment and bankruptcies of firms. I know because many of them appealed to us MPs to protect them from the government.
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We kept on the food rationing, we kept on the clothes rationing while gradually our own industries revived. We paid the price for it.
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We said why should the people in the smoky valleys around the peak district not be free to walk out into the fresh air and the sun? Access to mountains, that was the battle cry.
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We were not putting the wages or the money on investment into the industries to which our mass of people would want to turn, and the money was going.
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What we set out to do was to ensure that this system of fair shares and the planning and controls continued after the war, and when we won, that's what we did.
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Why not pool your resources? And so we broke into the concept of the sacredness of private property.
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You must always remember that Sir William Beveridge, who was a liberal (they were pretty left wing in those days, the Liberals), not a Labor Party chap, produced his great report in the middle of the war.
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You see, another reason for nationalization was that private ownership meant fragmentation.
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You see, anybody can plan a new Jerusalem with proper pensions and insurance and the rest of it, but to carry it out at a time when your country has been bankrupted by war is a very different kettle of fish.
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