That was my take on Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain shown last night on BBC 2.
When I heard that Marr, was producing a series of programmes on the history of Britain, I was, to say the least, a little concerned. Marr is a BBC stalwart of course, and therefore inflicted by the hive mentality that permeates the BBC and his bias clearly slipped through on more than one occasion - not least with his glowing tributes to Maynard Keynes - but at least he mentioned that Britain was the largest beneficiary of Marshall Plan aid than any other nation - a fact often overlooked.
He didn't go onto mention that the vast majority of that aid was squandered by the Attlee government as they set about nationalising much of our industry and set up the welfare state - including the "jewel in the crown" NHS.
That annoys me, as the only thing that ever made the NHS affordable was Marshall Plan cash and that the use of that aid money was put to much better use in other European nations who set about rebuilding their ruined infrastructure, modernising their industrial base and putting economic structures in place for long term stability - most notably in Germany who, in a few short years and from a much lower starting position, had overtaken Britain as an economic force.
The immediate post war years are the most overlooked aspect of 20th century British history with far too much emphasis put on how the welfare state - particularly the NHS - was created with little consideration for how it was funded. The truth is that it was no more affordable then as it is now.