Dennis Healey has died at the grand age of 98. His bushy eyebrows and his grumpy face (although he did smile a lot as well!) are probably my first impression of politics. Him and Tony Benn are my favourite characters from an early brush with the Labour party.
And my personal dedication has to be this quote.
Healey’s first law of politics: when you’re in a hole, stop digging
I love Dennis Healey and I miss the purity with which he dealt with questions. Here are some of those answers:
Healey without Benn would be like Torvill without Dean. I can’t get the bugger off my back.
Yes I have been on a diet, but not the Nigel Lawson one. I don’t want to look like death warmed up.
At the end of the day I am happy to be a member of the Labour party because of Jeremy Corbyn. With him I sense a return of the politics that I grew up with. I am not talking about 70s politics in the 00s. I am talking about a fresh approach to politics that reminds me of the approach that Dennis Healey and his company had before the likes of spin doctors and “the economies with the truth” of the 80s.