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Why D-Day and the victory over Nazism must be linked to the welfare state and the NHS

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My father fought in WWII and died in poor health and poverty. His death would have been sooner and his poverty greater without the welfare state.

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140606nhsd-day A veteran’s view: Click on the image to read Harry Leslie Smith’s Guardian article.

I was disturbed, this morning, to read that parts of the media were trying to silence people who had created images and sites linking D-Day and its 70th anniversary with the National Health Service – its creation and current problems.

The comment was made by an organisation calling itself The Labour Forum and ran: “D-Day and the NHS have nothing to do with each other. Whatsoever. Any photos trying to link today’s political issues with D-Day are offensive and will be deleted immediately.”

This seems extremely strange to me because, from what I have read, the creation of the NHS and a ‘welfare state’ (the term did not actually enter the Oxford English Dictionary until 1955) were exactly what the soldiers at Normandy were fighting so steadfastly to ensure.

When Britain went to war in September…

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Written by Smiling Carcass

06/06/2014 at 10:20 PM

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  1. Thanks for the reblog!

    Mike Sivier

    06/06/2014 at 10:31 PM

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