People's History of the NHS


The Fruits of Victory

The lukewarm Conservative response to Beveridge's groundbreaking report triggered anger among many voters, who felt they had already paid - through wartime sacrifices - for a Welfare State, including, as this 1945 Philip Zec cartoon illustrates, 'proper medical attention'. The cartoon, originally published in the left-leaning Daily Mirror newspaper, was later re-used in a 1945 Labour campaign leaflet.


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  1. Does anybody know where and when this was published. I’m writing an analytical piece about it but I cant seem to find any information on the publishing of the cartoon.

    1. Hi! The cartoon is addressing concerns that were most prominent in the 1945 general election, but still salient for the 1950 election — so the cartoon almost certainly appeared during that window. It is in the style of Philip Zec, who drew for the Daily Mirror in this period, and appears to have his signature. However, the original source (cited below the image) does not provide a full attribution.

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