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on 30 December 2012
I am not a particular fan of Mr Benn but I enjoyed reading this volume of his diaries. Benn is very frank about his opinions about New Labour but when it comes to the other Tony (Blair) his emotions take over. He is vitriolic about the man and constantly predicts a dire end for him and New Labour. Another interesting aspect of the diary that Mr Benn's hypocrisy comes through very clearly. He still has a spot of fondness for communism and always tries to minimize the crimes committed by extreme left wing regimes by quoting reprehensible deeds of capitalist regimes, particularly his bete noir the US. The war in Iraq is,, of course,, the main topic of the diary and he compares and more or less equates the death of over 100,000 Iraqi deaths (American crime) with over 20 million Russians (Stalin). What he fails to mention that the majority of Iraqi deaths were brought about by fellow Iraqis!
I found very amusing to read about his problems with old age (I am going through the same time span myself) and very touching those passages when he talks about his late wife, Caroline. In spite of some reservations the book gives you a illuminating insight into Tony Benn's feelings and thinking and therefore it is a good read!
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