I’ve said before that this is not a political blog, but today I was saddened to hear of the death of Tony Benn, one of the great politicians of my youth. Ed Miliband has apparently paid homage, saying:
[Tony Benn] will be remembered as a champion of the powerless, a great parliamentarian and a conviction politician.
I’m not sure what a conviction politician is, but I suspect the world might be a better place if a few more politicians were convicted.
In 1990, I was given four of Benn’s Diaries, all autographed in red pen. I admit I haven’t read them, although the earlier – and shorter – Arguments for Socialism does look well-thumbed. I have, however, been happy to know they are there on the shelf.
I’ve just checked to see that the damp hasn’t got to them (it hasn’t), and find them suitably placed alongside Prince Peter Kropotkin, Engels and E.P. Thompson. (All of them little read books.)
If I believed in such things, I would probably be hoping that Mr Benn might find himself in such company tonight.