Former Bristol South East MP, aristo-socialist Tony Benn’s been hitting the headlines again. Firstly because his niece, Emily, has been selected as the Labour parliamentary candidate for the East Worthing and Shoreham constituency on the south coast despite not yet being 18.
This makes her the youngest person ever selected as a parliamentary candidate after the minimum age was reduced to 18 from 21 last year. She even spoke at the Labour Party conference yesterday and if she wins the seat she will be the fifth generation of the toff family to have sat in Parliament.
Which is a rather nice example of how hereditary power is still able to flourish in our so-called meritocracy mainly thanks to the full support of a party of gormless middle-class careerists with a skin deep commitment to socialism.
The insufferable egoist Tony meanwhile has published the latest volume of his tedious, self-serving diaries covering the outbreak of the Iraq war. Tony of course visited Iraq to meet senior members of its administration in the lead up to the war.
And his diary entry demonstrates perfectly why this so-called “national treasure” is in fact a fuckwitted toff of the highest order when he in all seriousness describes Tariq Aziz, who he visits, as “a nice guy”.
Earlier in an entry for 6 June 1996 Benn writes:
Had a long talk to the Chinese First Secretary at the embassy – a very charming man called Liao Dong – and said how much I admired Mao Tse Tung or Zedong, the greatest man of the twentieth century.
Sorry could you come again with that one please Tony? Are you saying that a totalitarian, a dictator and the killer of millions was the greatest man of the twentieth century?
Benn’s calls his latest volume of diaries Free at Last.