A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

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Tony Benn ...
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Jonathon Tomlinson ...
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Ray Thorn ...
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Herbert Morrison ...
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David Hopper ...
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Himself - Personal Assistant to the Prime Minister, 1945 (archive footage)
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A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

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A class in social policy
18 March 2013 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In his varied and multi angled study Ken Loach takes us on a journey back in time laying bare the most fair and socially way of running a country.

Despite the devastation caused by the 6 year World War II, Britain looked back and realised that in the pre-War era although it had the biggest ever empire, the levels of poverty and deprivation were embarrassing.

So, following the end of the War, the country followed ultra socialist policies that improved the quality of life for everyone very dramatically following which the documentary follows the changes in attitudes towards social friendly policies and how they impacted the population indicating how the drive towards ever higher profits is eroding the social fabric of this nation.

A contemplating feast and a nostalgic journey.


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