Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Death of the Left

This week in British politics has seen the death of two leading lights of the Left: Bob Crow, leader of the RMT Union, and Tony Benn.

What I have found particularly interesting has been the words that have been spoken about these men, not by their supporters and allies, but by those who are politically poles apart from them. To read of Boris Johnson eulogising Bob Crow, and even David Cameron finding kind words to say of Tony Benn, has been a little bemusing (even if Cameron's words were nothing more than praise of Benn's oratorical skills rather than his beliefs and policies).

All of it put me in mind of this classic Not the Nine o'Clock News sketch: