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denis healey generation

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On 3 Oct 2015 at 11:18pm woody wrote:
whatever you felt about their politics that era of politicians seemed more natural - a life before Westminster. real people with real experience. I can remember seeing both Healey & Callaghan around Lewes, Jim with his bodyguard as an ex-Pm but both always pleased to be recognised & say hello.
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On 4 Oct 2015 at 1:29am Woody wrote:
A different Woody posting here - but yes, Healey was a man of conviction. A politician before the days of spin.
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On 4 Oct 2015 at 1:32am Woody wrote:
Having said that, I meant the 'spin' of the last 20 years.
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On 4 Oct 2015 at 1:53am RBJ wrote:
He was more successful at cutting the deficit than George Osbourne.
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On 4 Oct 2015 at 8:55am Sussex Jim wrote:
I met Jim Callaghan once, having a lunchtime drink in the Anglers' Rest. He was a very pleasant man.
Unfortunately, Denis Healey cut my take-home pay two years running in the late seventies,despite a large increase from my employer, due to his budgets raising income tax for even the lower paid. Labour- the party for the working man? I don't think so.
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On 5 Oct 2015 at 2:07am wrote:
Are you talking about the days when we had free tertiary education, heavily subsidised prescriptions, subsidised rail, telephone and post services, a well funded NHS, a BBC free of commercial pressures?
The days in which YOU had subsidised council housing?
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On 5 Oct 2015 at 7:15am Mystery person wrote:
you have hit the nail right on the head. It was good to grow up in those days then become a Tory when Maggie arrived. I'm of that generation but abandoned Labour due to Blair.
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On 7 Oct 2015 at 1:54pm HeathClifford wrote:
So far as I can see from the obituaries, Healey was a career politician from the very start and his only experience outside politics was the war, about which he had little choice. Maria Caulfield on the other hand (and no, I didn't vote for her) worked for years as a cancer nurse in the NHS.


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