No Country For Poor People by jackaro published on 2013/07/17 10:22:47 +0000 Inspired by Ken Loach’s recent film, “The Spirit of 45,” which chronicles the period from the 1930’s to the present day. From 1945 the new Labour government’s nationalisation and social programmes included the NHS, mines, welfare, fair labour laws, women’s rights and many other long dreamed of reforms. But many old ‘hard faced men,’ appointed by the government to head and manage the programmes and services led to discontent and conflict. These were systematically exploited by the Thatcher government’s war on organised labour, dismantling and privatising everything the working class had gained. The camera slowly zooms to graffiti scratched on a fence: “No Country for Poor people.” The film ends with a call to renew the vision, expressed as the Sprit of ’45.