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Aneurin Bevan

 

“We cannot run the processes of modern society by attempting to impose our will upon nations by armed force. If we have not learned that, we have learned nothing.”

The “Severed Weapons for Squalid and Trivial Ends” speech on Suez, House of Commons, London, UK, Wednesday 5 December 1956

Aneurin (often called Nye) Bevan was born on 15 November 1897 and died on 6 July 1960. He was a British politician with a reputation as an awesome orator and also known predominantly as the founder of the UK’s National Health Service – a huge achievement after World War II and a great example of a political vision becoming a reality, despite its modern difficulties. He championed the poor and the political left, most of his speaking engagements ...

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