‘Honoured that you are writing my father’s biography’ the late Tony Benn, ‘...wonderfully written’ Hilary Benn

‘Sparkles with fascinating detail…a remarkable story of Liberal and Labour politics in the first half of the twentieth century.’ Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News

‘Casts much light both on the evolution of British radicalism, and on the legacy which he bequeathed to his son, Tony. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College, London

‘Brilliant biography…wonderful reading about the father and...discovering more about the son.’ Steve Richards of The Independent

‘Well-written and carefully researched, this fascinating biography brings to life a major figure in British political history…an excellent job of weaving together the strands of a complex life…as well as filling in the background of the Benn family’ Richard Doherty, military historian

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Welcome re-appearance of political backbones

Ed Miliband’s response to the Daily Mail’s attack on his father is to be welcomed. Not so much for what either party said, but for the fact that it is another sign that politicians are showing some backbone.

We are now, after a couple of decades of appeasement of vested interests and bigotry, seeing politicians of many different parties being prepared to attack tax-dodging companies, inaccurate press reporting, police corruption, failings in the health service and unremitting negative attitudes to immigration.

Perhaps Leveson, Plebgate and unequivocal climate science will embolden a few more political counter-attacks. My guess is that voters may just rather like it.

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