The Benn Diaries: 1940-1990

By Tony Benn

The Benn Diaries, embracing the years 1940-1990, are already verified as a uniquely authoritative, attention-grabbing and readable checklist of political existence. the chosen highlights that shape this single-volume variation comprise the main extraordinary occasions, arguments and private reflections all through Benn's lengthy and noteworthy occupation as a number one politician.

The narrative starts off with Benn as a schoolboy and takes the reader via his younger wartime studies as a trainee pilot, his worried pleasure as a brand new MP in the course of Clement Atlee's premiership and the tribulations of Labour within the Nineteen Fifties, whilst the Conservatives have been in company keep an eye on. It ends with the Tories back in energy, yet at the eve of Margaret Thatcher's fall, whereas Tony Benn is on a undertaking to Baghdad earlier than the approaching Gulf War.

Over the span of 50 years, the private and non-private turmoil in British and global politics is recorded as Benn himself strikes from wartime carrier to turn into the infant of the home, cupboard Minister, and eventually the Commons' so much senior Labour Member.

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Afterwards I had a observe with all my supporters after which Caroline and that i drove domestic. Caroline used to be marvellous all day. i've got triumph over the largest hurdle, regardless of the massive press crusade designed to avoid my being chosen. I did truly win with extra votes than the following applicants mixed, in order that was once anything. Tuesday 7 February Visited the Arkwright colliery, the place the executive had instructed the media they weren't allowed to return within. I went down the pit for the 1st time in view that my sickness in 1981, and that i did wonder if i'd withstand it simply because my legs are nonetheless a piece shaky.

Co-author of British Political proof 1900–83. Lifelong pal. CALLAGHAN, James (Jim). leading Minister, 1976–9; and chief of the Labour social gathering, 1976–80. Held junior posts within the 1945–51 Labour executive; used to be Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1964–7; and residential Secretary, 1967–70. international Secretary, 1974–6. Chairman of the Labour occasion, 1973/4; and Labour MP for South, South-East and back South Cardiff, 1945–87. Created a existence peer in 1987. Married to Audrey Callaghan. fortress, Barbara. chief of the British Labour staff within the ecu Parliament, 1979–85.

Eric had heard from the organist that she have been instructed the convention used to be no longer making a song ‘The pink Flag’, yet there have been one of these row approximately it that it used to be agreed that she could play it in spite of everything. because the light purple rose is now the logo of the Labour celebration, I wrote another model of ‘The crimson Flag’ to take account of it: The people’s rose in colors of pinks will get up my nostrils and it stinks, yet ’ere our limbs develop stiff and chilly Our previous pink flag we will spread. With heads exposed swear all of us To enable rose petals fade and fall.

I didn’t think that. ‘I have constantly labored at the precept that, the place huge numbers of individuals behave irrationally, anything else is generally fallacious. humans think a deep experience of injustice they usually don’t believe safely represented. we need to be cautious to not fall for this concept that everyone has simply long gone mad. David Owen says that what's taking place is natural thuggery, yet I doubt that. It can’t be effortless for individuals to move on strike. They lose their source of revenue they usually have a deep feeling of tension. while i used to be in Newcastle lately, I heard an NUJ guy convey the main violent assault at the administration of his paper and he swore that he might die within the final ditch with the printers.

Peter was once known as first and he stated tax was once definitely the right answer, and he warned of the poor hazards of creating cuts in his specific box. He rambled a section. i need to say i'm fortunate in having Frances and Francis. I do sound extra coherent while i'm known as. I spoke and summed up by means of announcing: ‘Prime Minister, i feel the Treasury have gained the conflict and misplaced the struggle simply because they're going to by no means ever manage to come again and argue this back; the cupboard won’t have it, the circulate won’t have it, the celebration won’t have it, the unions won’t have it and the general public won’t have it.

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