A hush settled over the House of Commons. On the benches, every member wore a black tie; the galleries were crowded with peers, ambassadors and solemn visitors. At 62, Aneurin Bevan was dead, and the House of Commons paid him homage. "He was a bonny fighter, and a chivalrous one," said Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, chief of the party Bevan had railed against all his life. Said Labor's Hugh Gaitskell: "His death is as if a fire had gone out—a fire which we sometimes found too hot, by which we were sometimes...

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