The Spirit of ‘45
A review of The Spirit of ‘45 by Rob Mason
With the likelihood of popular, left-wing Labour Party leader: Jeremy Corbyn being elected in the UK. this impassioned documentary by Ken Loach: The Spirit of '45 should be re-visited. It celebrates the Labour landslide at the 1945 general election led by Clement Attlee and the resolve never to return again to the miserable conditions that the working class endured in the 1930s
Following this strong result at the polls, The Labour Government decided to implement the Beveridge Report. William Beveridge was an economist and provided a comprehensive "cradle-to-grave" welfare scheme that helped promote a spirit of post-war optimism.
The National Health Service (NHS) was launched in 1948.
It was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth – a principle that remains at its core even today.