Paul Foot

Lost in the Post

Out of The Wilderness: Diaries, 1963-1967

By Tony Benn

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The iron law of British Labour is that its politicians move from Left to Right. Take a trip any day to the House of Lords bar and you will find there scores of socialists who went to Parliament to change the world but ended up changing only themselves.

Tony Benn is the only prominent Labour politician of our time who has moved in the other direction. For that alone he is, in my view, admirable. And it is his slow, steady conversion against all the streams and all the precedents which make his carefully dictated and contemporaneous memoirs far more fascinating than anything else of their kind.

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