Quotation by Aneurin Bevan

If we complain about the tune, there is no reason to attack the monkey when the organ grinder is present.
Aneurin Bevan (1897–1960), British Labour politician. Speech, May 16, 1957, House of Commons. Hansard, col. 680.

Referring to Foreign Minister Selwyn Lloyd and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, and the latter's role in the Suez fiasco the previous autumn. Though Macmillan had no direct responsibility for foreign affairs during the Suez Crisis (he was then Chancellor of the Exchequer), he had advocated a strong response to the nationalization of the canal by Nasser, so that the subsequent replacement of Prime Minister Anthony Eden by Macmillan was seen by Bevan as a symbolic sacrifice.
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