100 Years Ago – 1 December 1920

1 December 1920

A time-bomb exploded at a building on Swan Lane, off Upper Thames Street, left in a Gladstone bag and wrecking the basement. It was thought to be linked to other attacks around the country from Irish Republicans.

The proposed Health Bill, a forerunner of the later NHS, was discussed in the House of Commons, with a plan for local authorities to maintain hospitals out of local rates being withdrawn. There was concern that a form of public healthcare might undermine the charitable voluntary hospitals, with little progress being made until the 1940s.

Lady Askwith (photo above, © National Portrait Gallery, London) said in a speech that Bolshevism, unemployment and hunger were the result of Government extravagance.