On June 2, 1947, the US Ambassador in the United Kingdom, Lewis Williams Douglas, sent an 'urgent and top secret' telegram to Secretary of State George Marshall, stating that the same afternoon Mr Attlee
had called him to his office and shared with him 'advance information' about the partition plan.
And at first it appeared their fears had some substance as spending during the NHS's first year vastly overshot its PS437million budget (about PS15bn in today's money) and Attlee
went on the radio to plead with people not to overburden the service.
I would not wish to deny the great part Churchill played in our victory in the Second World War, but Attlee
, no spin doctor, put his shoulder to the wheel and worked his heart out for the sake of our nation.
In advance of a festival to mark the 50th anniversary of Clement Attlee
's death , I've been thinking about what makes a great Labour leader.
>Former Liberal prime minister Herbert Henry Asquith, inset, and former PM Clement Richard Attlee
are the reason two Peers are in the House of Lords today
" Toward the end of our discussion I asked Attlee
what was the extent of Gandhi's influence upon the British decision to leave India.
As post-war Prime Minister, Attlee
led the most remarkable reforming government Britain has ever had, in most appalling economic circumstances.
I will leave it to the reader to conclude if this is compatible with the words, "his (Attlee
) massive majority, won in 1945, lost by 1951", used in my letter.
The record of Clement Attlee
and his government remains unsurpassed as social revolution brought about change which included nationalisation of utilities and bankrupt industry, near full employment, and the founding of the NHS which brought quality free health care to the whole population.
Rachel Reeves and Martin McIvor have recently performed an important service with their account of the social work that featured prominently in the early career of Clement Attlee
Churchill snidely described Labour leader Clement Attlee
as a modest man with a lot to be modest about.
by Helena Attlee
, Particular Books, hb, 20 [pounds sterling]