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Ben Chu: "Michael Foot was wrong"

Posted by Eagle Eye
  • Wednesday, 3 March 2010 at 03:02 pm

I'm an admirer of Peter Tatchell, but I'm afraid his press release in response to the death of Michael Foot plumbs previously unfathomed depths of solipsism:

Commenting on the death of former Labour leader, Michael Foot, Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner and Labour parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey in 1983, said:

"Michael Foot was wrong to condemn my advocacy of extra-parliamentary protests and to initially block my endorsement as parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey. But this error of judgment, under pressure from SDP turncoats, does not diminish his stature as one of the most outstanding British socialists and democrats of the twentieth century.

"He had the grace to later apologise to me - an apology that I accepted. I have never waivered in my view that Michael Foot was a great humanist and humanitarian, and a true champion of social justice and human rights.

"Sadly, Michael became Labour leader too late in life. He was at his peak in the 1940s and 1950s, and would have been an even better Labour Prime Minister than Clement Attlee. A brilliant orator, who was equalled by few other politicians anywhere in the world, his speeches were magical and inspirational." said Mr Tatchell.

photo: petertatchell.net



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