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Free at Last! The Diaries 1991-2001 (Radio Collection) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 6 Oct 2003
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"The best political diarist of our time." -- "Financial Times" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The published diaries of one of Britain's most famous politicians. A fascinating insight into twentieth century British politics. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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At times he slips into grumpy old man mode, but hell the guy was in his seventies when he dictated them so some leeway is appropriate.
Earlier volumes showed Tony as a very active MP indeed. Despite ill health and advacing years he shows no sign of slowing down.
An excellent read. All diarists take note: This is how it should be done
I learnt a lot about the travels and chores of a truly committed Member of Parliament and his constituency of Chesterfield has been fortunate indeed to have been served by him through the years.
The early part of the diaries continues to detail primarily with political matters but the ground gradually shifts to show us more about the man himself and his feelings for the people around him. As time moves on one can feel Benn’s disillusionment with politics and his weariness of fighting battles that he no longer believes can be won. In the end I wanted to hear him settle for retirement to extinguish the anguish that he so clearly had in the last few years.
My personal regard for Benn is much higher as a result of reading this book although I still question many of his political positions. A friendly and honest individual emerges. A bit batty at times but making no apologies for his eccentricities, he becomes a man one can really like.
Tony Benn’s honesty is transparent and no more so than when he outlines his clear sense of betrayal by today’s Labour leadership. What a pity that age caught up with him and denied us a committed and intelligent political mind. I think as I am sure he does, that we deserved more of his sort of politician to balance the super slick-automatons that have gradually replaced him and his like.
Aside from its histotrical/political value, the diaries let us into the personal life of Mr Benn (not the cartoon character you jokers!) and show us the great love he has for his family and especially for his late wife Caroline (herself a writer and academic). I felt that it is was very well written and as a result I found it very easy to read.
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Very interesting views of Tony Blair !