Thursday February 27, 2020

Tony Benn: the magnificent failure

Tony Benn was the toff who idealised the working classes, an establishment insider who went native, writes Tom McGurk.

16th March, 2014
Benn read Shelley believed in an English revolution and certainly got to the places few political figures have got to.

In some ways Tony Benn's life could have been depicted as one of magnificent failure'. Failure in the sense that he lost the great battle for the reins of the British Labour Party in the 1970s and 1980s, failure in that he did not win either the leadership or the deputy leadership, and failure in that he retreated to the margins of that party as the New Labour experiment won through.

For example, were one...

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