Who could forget Nye, naked in the conference chamber? The Guardian
We older Old Labour folk were more amused than saddened by this, in today's Guardian Corrections column:
In a front-page sketch, Remember Nye Bevan's warning …, December 5, we mistook, both in the heading and text, Mr Bevan (1897-1960) for his contemporary Ernest Bevin (1884-1951). It was Ernest Bevin, when foreign secretary, who pleaded with colleagues not to send him naked to the conference table.
They're all so young on the Guardian, apart from Jonathan Steele, and he's generally in Ramallah or Nasiriyah or Helmand or some other such hellhole, so we should forgive them. And they can take some small comfort from the fact that one Mr Peter Mullen of the Northern Echo thinks it was Clem Attlee who said it. Come back, Nye, all is forgiven — not that there's anything to forgive…. (He was right at the time about the British nuclear deterrent, but if he was here today he'd think the decision to renew Trident totally crazy.)
Oh, and incidentally it was the conference chamber, not table, wasn't it?
Brian [former and still unrepentant Bevanite]