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Review: The Best of Benn by Ruth Winstone

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Political prophets are mocked or loathed until their views became part of a fashionable consensus. That was the view of Tony Benn who saw himself as a prophet-like political teacher. In the year of his death his own once explosively contentious views are indeed part of a consensus, even if it is taking hold in the Conservative Party rather than on the left. In a bizarre twist some Conservative…

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