He was a thinker, and one of the best political analysts of his time.He was also a very pleasant character.
Unfortunately, as fourm member has said, he wasn't quite so good at communicating his thinking in a way that the ordinary person could easily understand, which was a great shame.
I encountered Tony Benn several times over the years, through my job, when I worked in the media covering Westminster . He was a delightful man, as many have alluded to...
However, I have to strongly disagree with Mr Mistoffelees comment; "He was one of a very tiny minority of MPs who actually deserved respect."...
Yes, he did... what I disagree with is the "very tiny majority"!
I met/ encountered many MPs during my time there... MOST of them do deserve respect! Yes there are a lot of "bad apples", but they tend to be the ones who crave, and get, high positions and media coverage...
There are something in the region of 650 MPs... how many of them do you see on TV... most certainly NOT MOST of them.
You may disagree with many of them for their political viewpoint, and indeed I do also, but MOST of the MPs, in my experience, are genuine and hardworking. They are decently paid, but do sacrifice a lot as well, and in my opinion, based on experience, do deserve respect.
I have no allegiance to any political party, and if and when I do bother to vote, I usually pick the person who seems the most appropriate and forthcoming at the time.
But having my daily doses of the BBC Parliament broadcast, I am truly wondering if all the cheering and merriment in the house, and the nodding off in the Lords really portrays a true image of British politics?.
At least with Tony Benn, you knew where he was coming from, most of the time?.
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