By Tony Benn
Author note: chosen and edited by means of Ruth Winstone
Publish 12 months note: First released 2002
Tony Benn is the longest serving MP within the historical past of the Labour get together. He left Parliament in 2001, after greater than part a century in the home of Commons, to dedicate extra time to politics. This quantity of his Diaries describes and reviews, in a fresh and sincere approach, upon the occasions of a momentous decade together with wars, a transformation of presidency in Britain and the emergence of recent Labour, of which he makes transparent he's not a member.
Tony Benn's account is a good documented, ambitious and principled critique of the hot Labour undertaking, jam-packed with drama, opinion, humour, anecdotes and glowing pen-portraits of politicians on each side of the political divide. yet his narrative is additionally broader and extra revealing approximately daily political existence, protecting many facets commonly ignored via historians and foyer correspondents, when it comes to his paintings within the constituency, together with his recommendation surgical procedures.
This quantity additionally deals way more of an perception into Tony Benn's own existence, his ideas concerning the destiny and his courting along with his family members, specifically his amazing spouse Caroline, whose sickness and dying overshadow those years. Tony Benn is a different determine at the British political panorama: a real democrat, a passionate socialist and diarist the ultimate. With this quantity, his released Diaries hide British politics for over sixty years. it's edited, as are all others, via Ruth Winstone.
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Free at Last! Diaries 1991-2001 (Tony Benn Diaries, Book 7) by Tony Benn