Nobody was more surprised than Clement Attlee when, in the 1945 election, his British Labour Party unexpectedly swept aside the Conservatives, led by wartime hero Winston Churchill. Attlee’s Labour government went on to implement some of the biggest reforms of any government in 20th-century Britain, including the establishment of the National Health Service.
Nonetheless, Attlee’s administration could not escape the fundamental dynamics of politics. As Roy Hattersley described it in his book Fifty Years...
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