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Barbara Castle

Barbara Anne Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn, PC, GCOT (née Betts, 6 October 1910 – 3 May 2002) was a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1945 to 1979, making her the longest-serving female MP in the history of the House of Commons, until that record was broken in 2007 by Gwyneth Dunwoody. She later became the Member of the European Parliament for Greater Manchester from 1979 to 1989. One of the most significant Labour Party politicians of the 20th century, she served in the Cabinet under Prime Minister Harold Wilson in a number of roles, including as Secretary of State for Employment, Secretary of State for Health and Social Services, and First Secretary of State.

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If you've got unemployment, low pay, that was just too bad. But that was the system. That was the so ...

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Another example of that was that even during the economic problems of the 1945 government, we manage ...

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I remember a big meeting with the hosiery trade in Harold's ministerial room.

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There was no welfare state, and people had to rely mainly on the Poor Law - that was all the state p ...

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And that had a powerful appeal, particularly to those who had been denied the choice to stay on at s ...

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It is true that they paid much more attention to the trade unions because the trade unions were afte ...

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It might have been offset for us if the revenue from our own oil and natural gas that was just devel ...

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Those were the ideals that drove us to nationalization of the health service.

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You see, another reason for nationalization was that private ownership meant fragmentation.

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I remember people who'd had a lot of hardship during the war. They'd thought we'd won.

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What we set out to do was to ensure that this system of fair shares and the planning and controls co ...

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It was very much a cry for democratic control at that time. Above all, breaking the accomplished pow ...

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Then, with lots of people doing that without ever looking over their shoulders to see how they were ...

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And that will increasingly dawn on people. The demand for controlling the commanding heights will gr ...

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Why not pool your resources? And so we broke into the concept of the sacredness of private property.

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