Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Your Bedtime Routine (3)

Following on from Your Bedtime Routine (1) and Your Bedtime Routine (2).

From 1945-51 the Labour government vigorously introduced a programme of reform and reconstruction despite post-war austerity. Education and housing issues were addressed as well as the nationalisation of a number of disorganised pre-war industries. Gas, electricity, coal and the steel industry were all brought under government control. Along with the Canal,  Railway and Road Transport infrastructures. 

Yet, the crowning glory of the Labour administration was the introduction of the Welfare State, and the National Health Service. Providing universal medical service free for all 'from the cradle to the grave'.

There were a series of public information films aimed at improving the public health. One of the more memorable - for all the wrong reasons - was 'Coughs and Sneezes'. Where the fellow is seen in many different everyday situations - sneezing over the people who just happened to be stood close by. These short films starred actor-director Richard Massingham. I rather like the idea of someone lighting up of a pipe in the cinema which would be much more of an issue today. 

Just in case, we were also reminded not to forget to wash the handkerchief. I love it!

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