The Success of the First Two Labour Governments was Outweighed by the Failures
The Labour government in 1945-1951 achieved a high degree of activity and success, despite working within ‘the aftermath of war’ which inevitably ‘brings enormous difficulties’. The Labour government devoted their power to reconstructing a better nation, one that would be a ‘better place in which to be born, to grow up, and to live and even die’. On the other hand it is possible to criticise Labour due to their ‘irresponsible’ spending.
In source 4 Hennessy states that Britain is a ‘better place in which to be born’ as the …show more content…
The fuel crisis lead to greater Wage demands which brought ‘finances.. into a grave disorder’ as coal supplies were already low following the Second World War as it struggled to get through to power stations and many stations were forced to shut down for lack of fuel. 4 million workers were off work as a result of this weather condition and Britain was so poorly prepared for dealing with this situation.
The attempts to ‘forced modernisation’ through nationalisation as steel is profitable therefore opponents state that justice had been jeopardised as the steel industry was not public utility but private owned. This raised the question of what was a fair settlement, but more significantly opened up the larger issue of whether the state had the right to overrule the declared objections of the shareholders