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Bevanism was the ideological argument for the Bevanites, a movement on the centre left of the Labour Party in the late 1950s and led by Nye Bevan. The main points were: The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the main democratic socialist [1] political party in the United Kingdom. ... The 1950s was the decade spanning the years 1950 to 1959. ... Aneurin Bevan, usually known as Nye Bevan (November 15, 1897 - July 6, 1960) was a Welsh Labour politician regarded as a hero of the left, primarily for his formation of the National Health Service. ...

  • State Control of the "commanding heights" (a phrase first used by Vladimir Lenin) of the economy, as opposed to wholesale nationalisation.
  • Social Liberalism.
  • Lack of Dogma.
  • Respect for the Arts.
  • A general radical feel.
  • The ability to drop unpopular policies.
  • Anti-fascism.
  • Opposition to extremists in general.

John Reid, the current Home Secretary, regards New Labour as the natural heir of Bevanism. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias   (b. ... Dogma (the plural is either dogmata or dogmas) is belief or doctrine held by a religion, ideology or any kind of organization to be authoritative and not to be disputed or doubted. ... John Reid (born 8 May 1947) is a British politician who is Home Secretary and Member of Parliament for the Scottish constituency of Airdrie and Shotts. ... The Secretary of State for the Home Department, commonly known as the Home Secretary, is the minister in charge of the United Kingdom Home Office and is responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales, and for immigration and citizenship for the whole United Kingdom (including Scotland and Northern Ireland). ... New Labour is an alternative name of the British political Labour Party. ...


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Of all of the issues I've had time to consider in a political sense, probably the one on which I am willing to admit I have been least consistent is the issue of Britain's nuclear deterrent, which I have been for and against many times.
For many on the left, the issue represents a litmus test, but I'm not sure Bevan would agree that the shibboleth it represents is such a key priority; and on a Bevanism scale of one to ten, I'm probably somewhere around 8.
I'm not saying that the issue is unimportant, but I can see great arguments from all perspectives, with probably the biggest flaw of any being the cost of the things.
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