This is thanks to the considerable programme of reform he implemented during a time of fiscal austerity. His welfare state and National Health Service still stand as testament to his considerable achievements and his legacy, even now, is lauded across the political spectrum.
Introduction The outcome of the election was more than a sensation. It was a political earthquake. Less than 12 weeks earlier, Winston Churchill had announced the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.
Churchill wanted his wartime coalition to continue until Japan too had been defeated, but was not Clement attlees government dismayed when his Labour ministers insisted that the country be offered a choice.
The prime minister called the election for early July, confident that the British people would back the greatest hero of the hour. The voters wanted an end to wartime austerity, and no return to prewar economic depression.
Three years earlier, in the darkest days of the war, they had been offered a tantalising glimpse of how things could be in the bright dawn of victory.
The economist William Beveridge had synthesised the bravest visions of all important government departments into a single breathtaking view of the future.
The welfare state The Attlee government is rightly seen as one of the great reformist administrations of the 20th century. It is a pleasant irony that the impetus for the more durable reforms came. Clement Attlee, During World War Two, Attlee was a highly successful deputy prime minister in Churchill's coalition government. Then in , when Labour swept to power in a landslide. Clement Attlee was invited by King George VI to form the Attlee ministry in the United Kingdom in July , succeeding Winston Churchill as Prime Minister of the United vetconnexx.com Labour Party won a landslide victory at the general election, enacting much of the post-war consensus policies, especially the welfare state and nationalisation of some vetconnexx.com of state: George VI.
The Beveridge Report spelled out a system of social insurance, covering every citizen regardless of income. It offered nothing less than a cradle-to-grave welfare state.
That was the great promise dangled before the British electorate in There were other factors too. The Labour party had held office only twice before, in and inbut during the war years its leadership had acquired both experience and trust.
It now looked like a party of government.
Then there was the military vote. Britain had millions of men and women in uniform inscattered over Europe, the far east, and elsewhere. They, more than any other section of the electorate, yearned for change and for a better civilian life.
The military vote was overwhelmingly pro-Labour. Many students of the election believe that a key role was played by the Daily Mirrorthen the biggest selling paper in Britain, and easily the most popular among the armed forces.
It showed a battered, bandaged Allied soldier holding out to the reader a slip of paper marked Victory and Peace in Europe.
Under the drawing was the caption "Here you are!
But when the result was announced on July 26 - three weeks after polling day to allow military postal votes to be counted - it was clear that postwar politics had changed utterly. The Conservatives, with On the first day of the new parliament, the massed ranks of Labour members bawled out the socialist anthem, the Red Flag.
Tories everywhere were scandalised. There is a splendid apocryphal story of a lady in a grand London hotel who was overheard exclaiming "Labour in power?Clement Attlee bore little resemblance to the contemporary politician.
He had no time for the things that are now the stock-in-trade of all serious aspirants for . Clement Attlee’s Government. Print Reference this.
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Attlee's government also presided over the decolonisation of India, Pakistan, Burma, Ceylon and Jordan, and saw the creation of the state of Israel upon Britain's withdrawal from Palestine. Clement Attlee was invited by King George VI to form the Attlee ministry in the United Kingdom in July , succeeding Winston Churchill as Prime Minister of the United vetconnexx.com Labour Party won a landslide victory at the general election, enacting much of the post-war consensus policies, especially the welfare state and nationalisation of some vetconnexx.com of state: George VI.
Oct 19, · was made by Prime Minister Clement Attlee’s government during a meeting of the Defence Subcommittee of the Cabinet in early January The construction of a first reactor to produce fissile material and associated facilities had got under way the year before.