How the deputy PM betrayed the best coalition ever…

This Deputy PM “appeared modest and unassuming; he was ineffective at public relations and lacked charisma.” (Wikipedia) – but led the Labour party longer than anyone else and won two successive elections against a rampant wartime Tory opponent…

So what are the parallels between Atlee and Corbyn?

You can study the history online with ease, but I like to remember that Churchill was almost tearful at the ending of the wartime coalition in which Atlee was his deputy PM – though of course he expected the British public to rally behind him as “the winner of the war” and vote for the Tory party.

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Instead they elected Atlee on a landslide, based on Keynesian economics, nationalising the utilities and infrastructure industries, and the creation of the NHS and welfare state…

Maybe they voted Labour because they understood that Keynesian policies worked better than pay cuts and union busting – or maybe they were just “keen on a change”.
Either way, Atlee changed the face of Britain for the better and it remained unchallenged as an economic method until Thatcher came along with her “no such thing as society” shtick…

He did all this long-lasting positive change in the face of massive wartime debt, a darker economic outlook than that of the period 2008 – 2018, he oversaw the shrinking of the commonwealth, an end to imperialist enslavement – but was also a passionate supporter of NATO and battling the cold war.

I wonder if many centre-right commentators, and Labour ones at that, lobbied against the naivety of Atlee and spent ages rubbishing him whilst offering no real alternative to Churchill’s history of controlling the riff raff by shooting strikers?

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