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Protesting G20: two unwelcome blasts from the past

By David Killen  

Tony Benn, Big Ben: national monuments both?

Listening to last Thursday’s Today Programme covering the G20 protests, I experienced two waves of unwelcome nostalgia. The first was when, amidst futile attempts to rendezvous with the Brockley Anarchists—or some other such implausibly-named group—the reporter stumbled across an elderly woman selling the Morning Star. She seemed sweetly eccentric at first, but her tone soon modulated into a beleaguered righteousness that I found all too familiar. In the early 1980s, having fled the Labour…

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