Aneurin Bevan


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Aneurin "Nye" Bevan (15 November 1897 – 6 July 1960) was a Welsh Labour Party politician who was the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1959 until his death in 1960. The son of a coal miner, Bevan was a lifelong champion of social justice and the rights of working people. He was a long-time Member of Parliament (MP), representing Ebbw Vale for 31 years, and became recognised as one of the ... more »

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  • ''I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.''
    Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Speech, April 30, 1946, House of Commons.
  • ''The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the Right Honourable Gentleman for four and a half years.''
    Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Speech, July 23, 1929, to House of Commons. Hansard, col. 1191. Referring to Neville Chamber...
  • ''It is not possible to create peace in the Middle East by jeopardizing the peace of the world.''
    Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. speech, Nov. 4, 1956. At rally protesting Britain's armed intervention in the Suez dispute.
  • ''If we complain about the tune, there is no reason to attack the monkey when the organ grinder is present.''
    Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Speech, May 16, 1957, House of Commons. Hansard, col. 680. Referring to Foreign Minister Sel...
  • ''The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.''
    Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Quoted in Aneurin Bevan, vol. 1, ch. 1, Michael Foot (1962).
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