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Friday 1 April 2016 5.17pm
Hughes was good at one time. he was going to retire ages ago as he perhaps realised he was winding down....
..Benn and Powell put aside political differences... In fact were friendly n polite to esch off stage....to vote anti common market

You may not agree with Powell or Benn but by gosh you knew exactly where they stood and wernt afraid to say it even if generally unpopular unlike today's shower! now they will say and do anything to gain votes. Both Powell and Benn never really wanted power as they both saw that power corrupts even a little bit seems to affect some! lord help us if they ever achieved any meaningful role in life
Friday 1 April 2016 5.20pm
Hughes was good at one time. he was going to retire ages ago as he perhaps realised he was winding down....
..Benn and Powell put aside political differences... In fact were friendly n polite to esch off stage....to vote anti common market

You may not agree with Powell or Benn but by gosh you knew exactly where they stood and wernt afraid to say it. People have a right to their opinions and should not allow themselves to be squashed.... even if generally unpopular unlike today's shower! now they will say and do anything to gain votes. Both Powell and Benn never really wanted power as they both saw that power corrupts even a little bit seems to affect some! lord help us if they ever achieved any meaningful role in life

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Sunday 3 April 2016 9.35am
Tony Benn did achieve powerful posts in government:
Postmaster General,
Minister of Technology,
Secretary of State for Industry,
Secretary of State for Energy.
No abuse of power in those positions whatever.
All meaningful roles in themselves but perhaps his most meaningful role was to demonstrate to the thinking British public that Democratic Socialism is not the monster as portrayed by the right-wing politicians. whether they be Conservative or New Labour.
We had nothing to fear from him or his political stance but a lot to gain.
We lost a good man with an abundance of common sense, good will, and principles.
All characteristics sadly missing from Parliament in general and this Government in particular. A government of Bullingdon bullies whipping their nodding donkeys.
Sunday 3 April 2016 7.00pm
Thebunhouse wrote:
Tony Benn did achieve powerful posts in government:
Postmaster General,
Minister of Technology,
Secretary of State for Industry,
Secretary of State for Energy.
No abuse of power in those positions whatever.
All meaningful roles in themselves but perhaps his most meaningful role was to demonstrate to the thinking British public that Democratic Socialism is not the monster as portrayed by the right-wing politicians. whether they be Conservative or New Labour.
We had nothing to fear from him or his political stance but a lot to gain.
We lost a good man with an abundance of common sense, good will, and principles.
All characteristics sadly missing from Parliament in general and this Government in particular. A government of Bullingdon bullies whipping their nodding donkeys.

When they made Tony Benn, they broke the mold.

At least Labour now has leader ready to attempt getting policy close to how Tony would have had it.
Monday 4 April 2016 1.27pm
True
jpm
Monday 4 April 2016 4.47pm
(continuing the ramble off topic..)

Aside from the usual perceptions of Enoch Powell, it's easy to forget he was one of the most important Health Ministers in the history of the NHS (he did what we call Secretary of State nowadays).

His 1962 'Hospital Plan' properly brought the NHS into the 20th century, with a proper sense of organisation and triggering the major hospital building programme of the 1960s. He also played a crucial role in getting proper mental health care for people, rather than just locking people up in asylums with his 1961 'water tower' speech.

And for good measure he brought the (then) Ministry of Health to our own beloved Elephant & Castle, moving to Alexander Fleming House (now Metro Central Heights).


In his time as health minister Enoch Powell actually encouraged immigration, inviting thousands of Indian and Pakistani doctors to fill a shortfall in the NHS and - according to some commentators - laying the grounds for a South Asian middle class.

So real political power and some great and lasting achievements as well....
Monday 4 April 2016 6.53pm
jpm wrote:
(continuing the ramble off topic..)
Aside from the usual perceptions of Enoch Powell, it's easy to forget he was one of the most important Health Ministers in the history of the NHS (he did what we call Secretary of State nowadays).l

His 1962 'Hospital Plan' properly brought the NHS into the 20th century, with a proper sense of organisation and triggering the major hospital building programme of the 1960s. He also played a crucial role in getting proper mental health care for people, rather than just locking people up in asylums with his 1961 'water tower' speech.

And for good measure he brought the (then) Ministry of Health to our own beloved Elephant & Castle, moving to Alexander Fleming House (now Metro Central Heights).

This is correct and easy to forget
..perhaps we can invite similar again to our beloved NHS if the current occupants will not sign the new contract
In his time as health minister Enoch Powell actually encouraged immigration, inviting thousands of Indian and Pakistani doctors to fill a shortfall in the NHS and - according to some commentators - laying the grounds for a South Asian middle class.

So real political power and some great and lasting achievements as well....

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