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“I stuffed their mouths with gold.”
Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service,* explained at a private dinner circa 1956 how he had secured the doctors’ consent for the 1948 settlement. It was a remark made public by Professor Brian Abel-Smith only in 1964. (Nicholas Timmins, The Five Giants, p115.)
Unfortunately, the British Medical Association, one of [...]
Zac Murdoch made an interesting point in a comment on my post yesterday announcing that “social mobility” had been added to the Banned List. I had said that Alan Milburn, David Blunkett and Alan Johnson were evidence that people brought up in poverty could reach the top in politics at least:
It’s notable that the three [...]
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I know the Daily Mail has now hired people specifically for the purpose of ensuring that it is frequently plugged on this blog, but duty calls. Number 574 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked today (above).
Thanks to Patrick Hennessy.
And The Independent is playing catch-up, with number 575:
Has an [...]
When Prince Fabious’s bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her… accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous.
Last year Snowbombing was voted best overseas festival at the UK Festival Awards, meaning 2011 certainly had some big ski boots to fill. The non-stop, week-long holiday combines a ski-break with a music festival, but it’s not your typical indie vibe – Snowbombing brings electronic, dance, drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep to the floor with an unfaltering energetic reception from the crowd.
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As with the rest of the ‘retro zeitgeist’, it might feel as though nu-cabaret bands are about to reach their sell-by-date – but don’t hang up your spangly dance shoes just yet.
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