Thebunhouse wrote:Tony Benn did achieve powerful posts in government:
Minister of Technology,
Secretary of State for Industry,
Secretary of State for Energy.
No abuse of power in those positions whatever.
All meaningful roles in themselves but perhaps his most meaningful role was to demonstrate to the thinking British public that Democratic Socialism is not the monster as portrayed by the right-wing politicians. whether they be Conservative or New Labour.
We had nothing to fear from him or his political stance but a lot to gain.
We lost a good man with an abundance of common sense, good will, and principles.
All characteristics sadly missing from Parliament in general and this Government in particular. A government of Bullingdon bullies whipping their nodding donkeys.
jpm wrote:(continuing the ramble off topic..)
Aside from the usual perceptions of Enoch Powell, it's easy to forget he was one of the most important Health Ministers in the history of the NHS (he did what we call Secretary of State nowadays).l
His 1962 'Hospital Plan' properly brought the NHS into the 20th century, with a proper sense of organisation and triggering the major hospital building programme of the 1960s. He also played a crucial role in getting proper mental health care for people, rather than just locking people up in asylums with his 1961 'water tower' speech.
And for good measure he brought the (then) Ministry of Health to our own beloved Elephant & Castle, moving to Alexander Fleming House (now Metro Central Heights).
This is correct and easy to forget
..perhaps we can invite similar again to our beloved NHS if the current occupants will not sign the new contract
In his time as health minister Enoch Powell actually encouraged immigration, inviting thousands of Indian and Pakistani doctors to fill a shortfall in the NHS and - according to some commentators - laying the grounds for a South Asian middle class.
So real political power and some great and lasting achievements as well....