Friday, 14 March 2014
Farewell to an honourable man
Shrewd, intelligent, idealistic, he was always the master of his own destiny. Never persuadable away from his declared beliefs, a perpetual thorn in the flesh of any right-wing government.
I admired his stance on virtually every political issue and was always disappointed that his own party so seldom came up to his high standards.
In my early days i had a dream that he would one day be prime minister. Never, I suspect one of his own dreams, he appeared to have no personal ambition unless it involved leading action against social injustice.
My trades unionist, communist father also admired him though he would have preferred a step further to the left, and often attended and occasionally spoke at the same meetings as my hero.
He shared one other habit with my father (not one I admired), in that he seldom was seen without his pipe and attendant cloud of smoke.
Rest in peace and rise in glory, most honourable of men.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 2:38:00 p.m.