Britain Since 1945: A Political History by David Childs

By David Childs

This can be the 5th variation of what has develop into the traditional textbook on modern British political heritage because the finish of the Second international struggle. the hot and enhanced version of this crucial booklet brings the image to the current by means of together with the subsequent additions: * a brand new bankruptcy on Tony Blair's management together with research of the London Mayoral elections* new fabric on john significant within the gentle of the memoirs of significant, Norman Lamont and new paintings at the Labour occasion at the moment* up-to-date statistical info and tables* in-depth assurance of the Nineties and the beginning of the twenty-first century. This authoritative chronological survey discusses household coverage and politics particularly, but in addition covers exterior and diplomacy and may no doubt be an incredible a part of the path interpreting of any scholar of British background on the grounds that 1945.

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Contracting-in’ was, once again, replaced by ‘contracting-out’ for trade unionists paying the political levy which usually went to the Labour Party. In other words, if a member of a trade union affiliated to the Labour Party did not wish to pay his political levy, he had to seek out his branch secretary and sign the appropriate form. Under the 1927 Act the onus was on the individual to take the initiative to pay the levy. The importance of this move for the Labour Party is shown by reference to the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU).

Children’s allowances, maternity and death benefits had not existed in pre-war Britain, and many citizens were still not included in the old-age pension scheme. 27 Attlee told the author in 1962 that he believed it to be his government’s biggest single achievement in home affairs. HOUSING AND EDUCATION: ‘HANDS WERE TIED’ If unemployment, public ownership and social security had been key domestic issues for the pre-war Labour movement, housing and education had never been far behind them. Yet in these last two areas Attlee’s government had less that was new to offer.

A Conservative government set up the BBC and the Central Electricity Board in 1926. The legislation establishing the London Transport Board, which put public transport in the capital under one authority, was passed by a Conservative-dominated Commons in 1933. 17 Finally, the Chamberlain administration brought Imperial Airways Ltd and British Airways Ltd into public ownership in 1939. Churchill admitted in the debate on rail nationalization that he had advocated it after the 1914–18 war. Despite any continuation of previous policies, the importance of the nationalization measures for many communities should not be underestimated.

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