Quotes by: Barbara Castle

The Right Honourable
The Baroness Castle of Blackburn
Secretary of State for Health and Social Services
In office
5 March 1974 – 8 April 1976
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Keith Joseph
Succeeded by David Ennals
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Services
In office
19 October 1971 – 24 March 1972
Leader Harold Wilson
Preceded by Shirley Williams
Succeeded by John Silkin
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment
In office
19 June 1970 – 19 October 1971
Leader Harold Wilson
Succeeded by James Callaghan
First Secretary of State
In office
6 April 1968 – 19 June 1970
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Michael Stewart
Succeeded by Michael Heseltine (1995)[a]
Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity
In office
6 April 1968 – 19 June 1970
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Ray Gunter
Succeeded by Robert Carr
Minister for Transport
In office
23 December 1965 – 6 April 1968
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Tom Fraser
Succeeded by Richard Marsh
Minister for Overseas Development
In office
18 October 1964 – 23 December 1965
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Anthony Greenwood
Member of the European Parliament
for Greater Manchester
In office
17 July 1979 – 21 July 1989
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Gary Titley
Member of Parliament
for Blackburn
In office
27 July 1945 – 3 May 1979
Preceded by George Sampson Elliston
Succeeded by Jack Straw
Personal details
Born (1910-10-06)6 October 1910
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Died 3 May 2002(2002-05-03) (aged 91)
Chiltern, Buckinghamshire, England
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Edward Castle, Baron Castle (1944–1979)
Alma mater St Hugh's College, Oxford
a. ^ Office vacant from 19 June 1970 to 5 July 1995.

What we set out to do was to ensure that this system of fair shares and the planning and controls continued after the war, and when we won, that's what we did.
Barbara Castle
He described how, as a boy of 14, his dad had been down the mining pit, his uncle had been down the pit, his brother had been down the pit, and of course he would go down the pit.
Barbara Castle
Britain in the 1970s was undoubtedly an economic mess because of the oil price explosion.
Barbara Castle
Then, with lots of people doing that without ever looking over their shoulders to see how they were affecting anybody else, it couldn't work, and it didn't work, and it just came to a standstill.
Barbara Castle
Why not pool your resources? And so we broke into the concept of the sacredness of private property.
Barbara Castle
You see, another reason for nationalization was that private ownership meant fragmentation.
Barbara Castle
And what always struck me about that war period was how even Churchill had to talk socialism to keep up people's morale.
Barbara Castle
And that had a powerful appeal, particularly to those who had been denied the choice to stay on at school, to go to university, to be something else, other than going down the pit.
Barbara Castle
I remember people who'd had a lot of hardship during the war. They'd thought we'd won.
Barbara Castle
There was no welfare state, and people had to rely mainly on the Poor Law - that was all the state provided. It was very degrading, very humiliating. And there was a means test for receiving poor relief.
Barbara Castle
Another example of that was that even during the economic problems of the 1945 government, we managed to carry out other aspects of our policy and other ideals. Through the establishment of national parks, for instance.
Barbara Castle
It was very much a cry for democratic control at that time. Above all, breaking the accomplished power of a few people to rule the lives of everybody else.
Barbara Castle
If you've got unemployment, low pay, that was just too bad. But that was the system. That was the sort of economy and philosophy against which I was fighting in the 1930s.
Barbara Castle
It might have been offset for us if the revenue from our own oil and natural gas that was just developing had been available to the Labor Government, but the oil revenues were just coming in when Labor fell in '79.
Barbara Castle
And that will increasingly dawn on people. The demand for controlling the commanding heights will grow.
Barbara Castle
I remember a big meeting with the hosiery trade in Harold's ministerial room.
Barbara Castle
Those were the ideals that drove us to nationalization of the health service.
Barbara Castle
It is true that they paid much more attention to the trade unions because the trade unions were after all speaking for the rights and conditions of working men and women in their employment.
Barbara Castle

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