Talk:Ernest Bevin

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UK nuclear weapons[edit]

anyone want to incorporate the famous quote "we have got to have this thing over here whatever it costs... we have got to have [a] bloody Union Jack on top of it..." , [1], [2], [3] also quoted in the TUBE ALLOYS arricle Pickle 17:43, 22 March 2006 (UTC) 21:20, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

OK, have put it in the 'attributed section'. I have heard this before and it certainly accords with Bevin's views, but as it was said in private I doubt we will have a proper source. I might check with the Cabinet Committee papers in the PRO, but they tend to be cleaned of any interesting language. Fys. “Ta fys aym”. 11:50, 29 November 2006 (UTC)


  • They say that Gladstone was at the Treasury from 1860 to 1930. I intend to be Minister of Labour from 1940 to 1990!
  • If you open that Pandora's Box, you never know what Trojan 'orses will jump out!
  • Not while I'm alive he ain't.
    • Nigel Rees, "Sayings of the Century" (Unwin Hyman, 1987), p. 233
    • Bevin's response to an overheard remark that "Nye is his own worst enemy". Also applied to Herbert Morrison and Emanuel Shinwell.