I was a child during the war and understood only too well what it meant to have a common purpose. Then came Atlee and the Labour victory. I didn’t then understand its significance but years later I helped a friend conduct his campaign to become a Labour MP. I was friends with Nye Bevan and Jennie Lee, both inspirational figures who brought us the NHS and the Open University.
Since Maggie Thatcher’s rein I have watched the achievements of that time taken apart piece by piece, attitudes changing and the many aspects of what made the UK worthwhile disappear. Blair and the Labour party have much to answer for and while the world has changed too much to bring those values back I support any organisation that tries to hold onto principles of justice and promotes a social conscience.