More Time for Politics: Diaries 2001-2007

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When Tony Benn left Parliament after 51 years he quoted his wife Caroline’s remark that now he would have "more time for politics." Since the turn of the century, he has helped reinvigorate national debate through public meetings, mass campaigns, and appearances in the media, passionately bringing moral and political issues to wide audiences. And throughout, as ever, he has been keeping his diaries. Commenting on the demise of the New Labor project from the reelection of Tony Blair in 2001 to the ultimate foreign policy disasters of Afghanistan and Iraq, he gives prescient accounts of the government’s bypassing of the cabinet, parliament, and the party, of the "war on terror," the debate about Islam, globalization, and the changes in British society. Although he is no longer in power or in parliament, Tony Benn remains a figure of enormous respect whose direct views, honestly expressed, have often awakened the national conscience. His latest diaries, human and challenging in turn, are an enthralling read.

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Tony Benn became an MP in 1950. He has held four cabinet posts and has twice contended the leadership of the Labour Party, of which he has also been chairman. He is the author of several titles, inclduing Years of Hope 1940–62, Out of the Wilderness 1963–67, Office Without Power 1968–72, Against the Tide 1973–76, Conflicts of Interest 1977–1980, The End of an Era 1980–1990, a single volume condensation, The Benn Diaries 1940–1990, and Free At Last! 1991–2001.

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"This is a lovely book; warm, humane, genuinely revelatory and, on occasions, a touch surreal" * Sunday Times * "[Benn's] interest in politics has transmuted into an interest in individual human beings. And through all the pain and sorrow, there is a new kind of freedom in his thoughts and in his writing" * Mail on Sunday * "There is something amusing on almost every page of these diaries. Tony Benn loves paradox, and looking at things from a different angle to the one you might expect. He tells us at the start that the old have a great deal to learn from the young, and a delightful air of unreality hangs over his writing" * Daily Telegraph * "A compelling, often rollicking read" * Observer * "Inspiring and touching" * Financial Times *

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