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August 13th, 2017

Nye Bevan: An Unlikely Defender of the Assumption

No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.

Aneurin Bevan, architect  of the British National Health Service.

When I was about eight years old, the British Labour  Party won a landslide victory in the general election of 1945. The defeated Conservatives comforted themselves by making the most of Nye Bevan’s intemperate remark quoted  above. In their next propaganda initiative, any new recruit to the Tory youth movement would receive the title Vermin; anyone who brought in 10 new members was a Vile Vermin; and if anyone obtained 100 new recruits he would become a Very Vile Vermin.

At Mass today the celebrant—by no means a loony Leftie—paid Aneurin Bevan quite a compliment.  Although Bevan hadn’t an ounce of religion in him, said Father, he had defended the dogma of the Assumption before a group of Protestant MPs—whether Tory or Labour I don’t know—in the House of Commons bar. (As you know, we will be celebrating  the Feast of the Assumption this coming Tuesday.)  The MPs had been criticising  Pope Pius XII for his recent solemn declaration that on her death the Blessed Virgin had been received body an soul into heaven. I presume they felt it was both unbiblical and an obstacle to the ecumenical movement which was just then beginning to gather steam.

Nye Bevan told these MPs that if Jesus was the kind of person they believed Him to be, He would surely have wanted to pay His Mother the greatest honour possible, so the declaration by Pope Pius XII was entirely reasonable.

This will be the last blogpost I will be sending for the next week or two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One comment

  1. dmanly@fandl.iol.ie

    Aneurin Bevan along with Clement Atlee had one admirable feature in common, they both recognised the evil of Communism, unlike so many of the Left after 1917, and they supported NATO and Britain’s nuclear deterrent. While the Tories had their admirers and appeasers of National Socialism, the Left canonised Lenin and Stalin despite knowing full well the savage massacres inflicted on the poor and religious believers, all done in the name of building a “bold and brave socialist” society.
    An Irishman, G B Shaw excused the atrocities as necessary “weeding the garden”. For Syndey and Beatrice Webb, they were the understandable costs of creating utopia.The founders of the Labour Party, Keir Hardy and Ramsey MacDonald praised the Russian regime, hoping to make it happen in Britain. Harold Laski praised Lenin’s seizure of power as the “most beneficent event” since the French Revolution. Need I continue? The Labour Party did more than admire; it ensured that economic sanctions against the blood products of the Gulag were defeated.

    Why, you may ask, this outburst? Isn’t the same happening today in Ireland? As children and the sick die under Venazuela’s Marxist regime, the response of the Ireland’s Left is denial (Sinn Féin and SIPTU) or silence (Michael D Higgins and the Labour Party). And by no means are they alone among the great ones of the world. Don’t get me started.

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