I've written before on how Bevan stood on his hind legs in the Commons and praised Stalin's Russia to the rafters long after the facts of the Holodomor were known. As millions died in agonising starvation, Bevan feasted with tales of Stalin's munificence.
Now Hywell Williams in the Guardian demolishes the reputation of the Old-Labour saint even further. Bevan switched from disarmament to developing the UK's nuclear arsenal only because his Soviet masters told him to. For this treason alone, Bevan's rotten corpse should be dragged from the grave, burnt to ash and scattered in the sewers. And Bevan lied to both the nation and his cabinet colleagues in setting up the NHS on Stalinist central command lines; it was only the basic human decency of others within Labour that prevented him implementing the murder of the chronically sick and disabled so strongly advocated within sections of the Labour Party at that time. *
Reading the comments to the Guardian piece is to realise the hardline Stalinist left is alive and well, and out in force to preserve Bevan in the socialist hagiography. But this loathsome and treasonous man deserves nothing but universal opprobrium and the contempt of history.
*In 1933, in a preface to On The Rocks, Bernard Shaw derided the principle of the sanctity of human life as an absurdity to any good Socialist, calling for extermination to be put 'on a scientific basis'. Shortly after, in the Listener, Shaw wrote;
Appeal to the chemists to discover a humane gas that will kill instantly and painlessly: in short a gentlemanly gas - deadly by all means, but humane, not cruel. It might be useful in war, but if another war does not come, we shall find a use for it at home.
Shaw reasoned that to kill off the acquisitive classes is "quite reasonable and very necessary" since 'no punishment will ever cure them of their capitalistic instincts'.
Though Shaw was more concerned with the extermination of the idle, the unfit and opponents of Socialism, he defended the rights of the Nazis to exterminate the Jews - but preserving the clever ones. Writing to Beatrice Webb in 1938, he said;
We ought to tackle the Jewish question by admitting the right of States to make eugenic experiments by weeding out any strains they think undesirable, but insisting they do it as humanely as they can afford to
With a 'humane lethal gas' no doubt.
Along with Shaw, the Webbs and HG Wells, even Virginia Woolf was a supporter of State murder; after passing a line of the profoundly mentally ill, she wrote "Imbeciles - every one of them a miserable, ineffective, shuffling, idiotic creature. It was perfectly horrible. They should certainly be killed."