"The new report 'The New Home Front' looks at the wartime experience of those on the "home front" in Britain and the lessons we can learn in facing today's threats from climate change and the looming energy and resources crisis"
"We need to mobilise as a nation in a way we haven't seen since 1945"
"It would be wrong to glamorise the second world war. But it would also be wrong to ignore the experiences and wisdom of those who lived through it"
"What struck me most about the report was how many positive – and at times inspiring – lessons we could learn from the wartime generation. People put up with so much disruption and deprivation because they knew there was no alternative, and because they believed society would emerge stronger at the end of the war"
"Meanwhile, despite rationing, nutrition improved and infant mortality fell sharply. The social change that wartime impositions such as rationing and billeting of evacuees brought about laid the foundations for reform of education, the welfare state and the creation of the National Health Service"