“We lost the war didn’t we? Now I can’t even remember what we were fighting for. That ash cloud? That’s the hospital. Tuesdays they burn cripples and the terminally ill – they’re a drag on the state.”
Our ancestors defeated the Nazis, then built the Welfare State, NHS & Modern World out of the rubble. The time has come to defend that legacy, because the alternative could have been so, so different.
“This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance.” – Phillip K Dick
“At the end of the last war I was a young mother with a husband and two children and we were living in terrible accommodation. With so many people bombed out of of their homes we knew it would be years before we could have any sort of decent accommodation. Then, amidst all this doom and gloom old labour came into power and we witnessed miracles taking place before our very eyes. Council houses were being built, prefabs (temporary homes) sprang up like mushrooms almost overnight.
Schools were built, family planning and baby clinics where I could get free orange juice and free milk when my children started school. They didn’t call “Margaret Thatcher the milk snatcher “for nothing! Factories re-tooled so they could return to peacetime production. The NHS was born, roads and railways rebuilt after so much excessive bombing. There were jobs,for the first time in years and we had that wonderful thing called “Hope” life was good. Owing to us having to fight a very long and expensive war we were far more in debt than we are now.
There were no people sleeping on the streets or visiting food banks. Instead they were busy working at re-building Britain’s infrastructure and getting it moving on the roads and railways. True we took a very long time to repay our debt, but we did repay it and our country didn’t suffer the terrible austerity and cuts it is suffering now. Although I am now eighty six I am actively engaged in trying to get the homeless off our streets not only for their sakes, but also for the sake of my nine great grandchildren who will shortly be needing a home of their own.
Finally, this is not just Corbyn’s fight, it is also ours because we are in a serious fight, if not for ourselves, for our children and grandchildren. All too often people think they can’t do anything to get rid of this dreadful government, but believe me they can if they sincerely want to. ” Joan Langrick.