Austerity Britain, 1945-1951 by David Kynaston
By David Kynaston
As a lot as any state, England bore the brunt of Germany’s aggression in international struggle II , and used to be ravaged in lots of methods on the war’s finish. Celebrated historian David Kynaston has written an completely unique, compellingly readable account of the next six years, in which the rustic indomitably rebuilt itself.
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We were all content, apparently, to stand still and to stare. ’ Judy Haines and her husband, meanwhile, had heard the King’s speech relayed at the Westminster Theatre before setting out for home: ‘Quite easy to get on the bus (though we changed at Leyton) and we had a front seat and good view of the bonfires and merriment. Met Mother H. waiting for Dad, at Chingford. Went in to spam and chips, etc. After that we were invited to a party at the Odeon, which we refused. ’8. Not all the bonfires were quiet, meditative affairs.
No planning committee could possibly plug into them. ’5. Such was the loss of confidence among economic liberals following the events of the previous 20 years – the inter-war slump, the lessons of the war (including the apparent Russian lessons) – that it would be a long time before a critical mass of politicians began to make a full-bloodedly coherent or attractive case on Hayek’s behalf. Unsurprisingly, then, the inescapable necessity of a substantial portion of the economy being in public ownership was hardly questioned for many years after 1945.
To the H. of Commons surrounded by cheering crowds, waving his hat, with the usual cigar & self-satisfied expression’. As soon as his speech was over, the Heaps, who had joined the multitude in Parliament Square, managed to beat a temporary retreat home (a top-floor flat at Rashleigh House, near Judd Street) for ‘a much needed wash and cool off’ on what was becoming ‘a sweltering hot day’. But for Langford, who had no intention of returning to the fray, escape was far more difficult: Queued for a bus but none came – contingents of marchers – officers, men, girls, lads in rough marching order.