Posted: Dec 28, 2016 3:04 pm
by Sendraks
Beatsong wrote:You mean establishing the world's first comprehensive national health system,

Which is to ignore the fact that the bulk of the aid did not go on the NHS and was simply squandered. The Government could have used the money to modernise UK industry in the way European recipients did but, instead the money was effectively wasted by a Government fixated on playing the sterling banker for the commonwealth, an already defunct concept at that time.

The NHS is a great achievement (and as Scot says, it paved the way for similar programmes in other countries) but, how much greater could it have been if the rest of the UK's marshall aid had been invested wisely?

Beatsong wrote: and carrying out a monumental and unprecedented program of social housing construction?

Which was ultimately squandered and destroyed by Thatcher.

Beatsong wrote: Yeah, can't stand waste like that.

No I can't.