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Denis Healey shaped the world we live in

The late Labour giant understood the value of balancing high ideals with the pursuit of power

By John McTernan  

Denis Healey died this weekend at the age of 98 © PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

I once had the good fortune to meet a former Private Secretary to Denis Healey when he was Minister of Defence. Among a number of great stories was the occasion that private office had suggested to him that he should spend more time with the colleagues in the Commons. “Why?” he replied, “what could I possibly get from them?”…

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