In view of the latest budget and tidings of doom and gloom, what period of British history would you regard as it's finest ? Bear in mind the following : Life expectancy War (We were usually fighting someone) Standard of living (wages, hours etc.) Education Medical treatment. e.g. 1800's - War with France, chance of being press ganged, life expectancy not great, education and medical not too good either. I think it would have to be post war, jobs, the introduction of the NHS, Capital punishment still in force and National service.