Aneurin Bevan (1897–1960), British Labour politician. Speech, July 4, 1948, Manchester. Quoted in Times (London, July 5, 1948).
Referring to the social policies of the Conservative Party, which "condemned millions of first-class people to semi-starvation." Bevan's words, which formed part of his speech to inaugurate the National Health Service, provoked widespread criticism by the press and embarrassment within his own party.