Tony Blair - My Fake Diary

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Saw this tribute/discussion with Tony Benn the other day:

Passionate, articulate, courteous and radical, Tony benn's appetite for politics is undimmed. He might look like a kindly old gent, just don't assume that he's harmless

Tony Benn's old house is on a tree-lined main road in one of London's fanciest boroughs. You can easily spot it, even when you're whizzing past in a car. The front door is a bold Labour red, and there is a brown plaque on the white facade commemorating his wife, 'Caroline DeCamp Benn - Author, Teacher, and Socialist', who died 12 years ago.

So here you have it. The two great loves of Benn's long life, politics and his wife, for all the world to see. The only thing missing is the man himself.

That's because Benn has left the building. Eighteen months ago Labour's most famous socialist and longest serving member of the party moved out. The man once described by Harold Wilson as a person who "immatures with age" lived here for 61 years.

I threw some questions at him.

He used to call Tony Blair "Bush's puppet", while he once said of Gordon Brown in a diary entry that "I wouldn't trust him with a corner shop".

On the day I meet Benn, the return of Tony Blair is being touted in the papers.

What does he make of it? "I don't see how it could happen," he says. "The Labour party would never elect him as leader."

Is he still angry with how Blair changed the face of the party? "New Labour was really a Thatcherite group and when Mrs Thatcher was asked about her greatest achievement she said it was New Labour," is his answer.

Well I'm glad he is no longer in politics!


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