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A Complete Delight,
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This review is from: More Time for Politics: Diaries 2001-2007 (Audio CD)
This follows on from "Free At Last" chronologically and in terms of the general format. If Free At Last covers major changes in the domestic political landscape during the nineties, then the backdrop of this is the huge change in the global political landscape in the noughties from 9.11 onwards. Tony Benn, freed from the constituency concerns of an MP, is able emerge as more of a senior statesman on the world stage and a figurehead for the anti-war movements. Like all of Benn's writings and recordings, the political stuff is fascinating but it's the human and family threads running through all of this that create such warmth, humanity and humour. So in amongst meetings with Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton, there are flirtations with Natasha Kaplinski and Saffron Burrows, and more Mr Bean-esque misadventures with missed-trains and collapsed-ceilings. Overall another complete delight - I'm desperately hoping that the publication of the next segment of Tony Benn's diaries is now imminent.