Nice tribute in the Guardian from Michael White, which charts Benn’s course from titled right of centre moderniser to left wing radical. The quote ‘I was the Peter Mandelson of the 1959 election’ highlights that Benn took the opposite journey in political stance through life from most, including Mandelson.
Never afraid to pitch himself in support of unfashionable or unpopular causes. His opposition to the modus operandi of the EU was based on his view that Brussels was not only undemocratic but also anti-democracy
‘(Benn) was almost the last of a disappearing species’ says the Guardian obituary and that’s hard to disagree with.
He said of the following interview ‘I think Ali G did me a huge amount of good with the young. He came to this house and completely took me in and I argued with him when he said “bitches only get pregnant in order to get benefit” and “people only go on strike to chill out”. And I said: “Don’t be ridiculous”. You see, a lot of the people he interviewed were frightened of him.’
Hard to disagree with that, but it was very funny as well.