This morning we awoke to learn that one of our best has passed on – Tony Benn.
According to his family, the 88-year-old Labour Party legend died peacefully early this morning (March 14) at his west London home, surrounded by his family. He had been ill for more than a month.
I do not propose to eulogise over him. I have already written about the effect Mr Benn had on my own development in a previous article and see no reason to rehash that.
I will say this: The loss of this inspirational man – who was truly a “signpost” for us all and never a “weathercock” (to adapt a comparison he used to make) – means that left-wing politics has lost one of its strongest voices.
He showed us a way forward – with clarity, humour and optimism.
Nobody can replace him.
The greatest tribute to Tony Benn will be if many of us rise to bear his standard – follow the example that he set.
Modern politics has painted his way as “the path less taken”.
Let us take it now.
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