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Ken Loach: The Spirit of ’45 2013 TV -

 

 

 

Piccadilly was already a seething mass of people; the hoarding around Eros was crowded with young people mainly from the Forces.  Ken Loach: The Spirit of 45, 2013, woman

 

Will we, the people who have won the war, drive home our victory against fascism by defeating our pre-war enemies of poverty and unemployment?  ibid.  man  

 

We’re still being taken in.  ibid.

 

The great inter-war slumps were not acts of God or blind forces.  They were the sure and certain result of the concentration of too much economic power in the hands of too few men.  ibid.  Labour Party manifesto 45

 

The Labour Party is a socialist party and proud of it.  Its ultimate purpose at home is the establishment of the socialist commonwealth of Great Britain  free, democratic, efficient, progressive, public-spirited, its material resources organised in the service of the British people.  ibid.

 

The best health services should be available free for all.  Money must no longer be the passport to the best treatment.  ibid.

 

Newspapers carried the astonishing news to an amazed public  Labour landslide.  ibid.  Pathé news

 

We have been the dreamers, we have been the sufferers, now we are the builders.  ibid.  Aneurin Bevan  

 

The idea that people who worked in the industry had any say in how the industry was run was a completely foreign idea.  ibid.  Tony Benn  

 

It was not until 1967 that dockers gained permanent employment.  ibid.  

 

They [police] seemed to enjoy inflicting pain and suffering on the working man.  ibid.  striking miner    

 

The last registered dock workers did not get their jobs back.   Casual labour has returned to the docks.  ibid.