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The Lost Politics
on 22 November 2012
I enjoyed reading these diaries, which take us through what for me are the most interesting years of Benn's career - the 1980s. They are well-written and provide a great deal of useful information for anyone interested in politics, especially students of politics. Benn's combines serious, in-depth thoughts with lots of humorous and frivolous observations, so there is something here for everyone.
Tony Benn is really from a lost, colourful era when politics really existed and there was at least the pretence of an ideological cleave between the two main parties. That era is now long-gone, replaced by managerial attitudes and spin.