More Time for Politics: Diaries 2001-2007

More Time for Politics: Diaries 2001-2007


By (author) Tony Benn, Read by Tony Benn

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  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 144mm x 24mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 22 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846571057
  • ISBN 13: 9781846571053
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Sales rank: 685,525

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When Tony Benn left Parliament after 51 years he quoted his wife Caroline's remark that now he would have 'more time for politics'. And so this has proved. In the first seven years of this century he has helped reinvigorate national debate through public meetings, mass campaigns and appearances in the media, passionately bringing moral and political issues to wide audiences. And throughout, as ever, he has been keeping his diaries.Commenting on the demise of the New Labour project from the re-election of Tony Blair in 2001 to the ultimate foreign policy disasters of Afghanistan and Iraq, he gives other prescient accounts of the government's by-passing of Cabinet, parliament and the party, of the 'war on terror', the debate about Islam, globalisation and the changes in British society. Although he is no longer in power or in parliament, Tony Benn remains a figure of enormous respect whose direct views, honestly expressed, have often awakened the national conscience. His latest "Diaries", human and challenging in turn, are enthralling.

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Radical statesman and Member of Parliament for over fifty years, Tony Benn is the pre-eminent diarist of his generation. His political activity continued after 'retirement' through mass meetings, broadcasts and in more recent years through social media. A widower since 2000, Tony Benn died at his home in London on 14th March 2014.

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"He is claerly a man of intergrity, decency and almost naive candour. In this era of slippery politics, it sometimes does us good to take a refreshing draught of Bennite certainty." "Socialist veteran Benn has a familiarly distinctive voice - like a 1950's BBC newsreader but with inimitably dry warmth. A prolific diarist, he reads this latest instalment of his periodicals with self-deprecation, humour and honesty...both inspiring and touching." FT Magazine "If you thought there'd be less politics you've reckoned without his tireless campaigning against the Iraq War, his presidency of the Stop the War Coalition, his visit to Baghdad to interview Saddam Hussein and countless media appearances to air his anti-war views" Guardian "He tells all with a warm spontaneity that makes the listener feel like a special guest. Written by one who has worked so tirelessly for peace, this makes a fitting choice for Remembrance day." Observer