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Viewed with hindsight, Tony Benn's 1979 is devastatingly prophetic. Cassandra-like, he sets out the challenges of the coming decade, and predicts many of the major political crises of the 80s and beyond. He even gives more eloquent voice to Russel Brand's position, 35 years later, on the apathy and disenfranchisement now endemic in our political system. Unlike Brand he offers a democratic solution; because much as this book is an argument for Socialism, Benn's real concern is democracy. He belie ...more
Although somewhat dated, an interesting read for both it's far-seeing relevance (it is scary how accurate many of Benn's predictions were!) and as a counterpoint to show how some things have changed very little and how our political situation could still benefit from many of his suggested solutions.
Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Tony" Benn, PC (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014), formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, was a British Labour Party politician. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1951 until 2001, and was a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1960s and 1970s. After his retirement from the House of Commons, he continued his activism and served as president of the Stop ...moreMore about Tony Benn...