Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan Quotes

Quotes on the Conservative Party

"No attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin"

- Nye Bevan

"We have been the dreamers, we have been the sufferers, now we are the builders. We enter this campaign at this general election, not merely to get rid of the Tory majority. We want the complete political extinction of the Tory Party."

- Aneurin Bevan start of 1945 election campaign

Quotes on the NHS

"The National Health service and the Welfare State have come to be used as interchangeable terms, and in the mouths of some people as terms of reproach. Why this is so it is not difficult to understand, if you view everything from the angle of a strictly individualistic competitive society. A free health service is pure Socialism and as such it is opposed to the hedonism of capitalist society."

—Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear, p106

Quotes on Socialism

"There is only one hope for mankind — and that is democratic Socialism. "

"There can be no immaculate conception of socialism. "

Quotes on Unilateral Disarmament

"It is therefore not a question of who is in favour of the Hydrogen bomb, but a question of what is the most effective way of getting the damn thing destroyed. It is the most difficult of all problems facing mankind. But if you carry this resolution and follow out all its implications — and do not run away from it — you will send a British Foreign Secretary, whoever he may be, naked into the conference chamber. ... And you call that statesmanship? I call it an emotional spasm. "

- Aneurin Bevan 1957

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