Having said (previous post) that you wouldn’t vote for a political party on the basis of its 1950 election manifesto, I thought I’d better check – sort of looking back at people looking forward.
In 1950 the number one priority was, not suprisingly, peace. Housing, education, food production and the need to bring spending on the three year old NHS under control all featured – and there were one or two unexpected gems …
“We hope that during the life of the next Parliament the country’s financial position will improve sufficiently to enable us to proceed at an early date with the application in the Government Service of the principle of equal pay for men and women for services of equal value.” (Conservative)
WORK FOR ALL
“… Labour will encourage the introduction of equal pay for equal work by women when the nation’s economic circumstances allow it.” (Labour)
“Hand in hand with France and other friendly powers we shall pursue the aim of closer unity in Europe. The admission of the Government of Western Germany into the Council of Europe will be supported on the understanding that she accepts freely and fully the Western democratic conception of human rights.” (Conservative)
ONE WORLD OF PEACE AND PLENTY
“In Europe great strides have been taken towards the creation of a new economic and political unity. No country has given more leadership to this great movement than Labour Britain. We shall continue this support and leadership in the years to come, always remembering that we are the heart of a great Commonwealth extending far beyond the boundaries of Europe.” (Labour)