On this day in 1948, the National Health Service was born. To mark the occasion, its founder, Aneurin Bevan, spoke to Tribune about the socialist ambitions of public healthcare.
On Nye Bevan’s birthday, we republish an interview in which he describes the socialist ambitions that influenced the creation of the NHS.
‘The enemy who has now been overthrown was the particular and special enemy of working-class institutions, ideas and hopes.’ To mark VE Day, we republish Aneurin Bevan’s Tribune editorial on the end of the Second World War.
In 1959, after Labour had suffered three consecutive election defeats, Nye Bevan made a defiant conference speech in defence of socialism. We republish that speech today.