Tony Benn has died.

He is one of my favourite politicians if not my favourite, for the way he steadfastly spoke his mind with honesty, clarity and passion throughout 50 years as an MP.

He was of aristocratic blood but turned down his peerage (that would have made him a Lord) so that he could carry on serving in the House of Commons.

One of my ambitions in life was to have a cup of tea with Tony Benn and now, I never will.

This is not a political post, this is just a mark of respect for someone who jolly well earned it.

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