So there I was wondering what to write for my Simplicity Blog last night at 10.30 and the phone rang.
Annie answered the phone and was more than a little surprised and shocked to hear the voice on the other end saying
“Hello Tony Benn here”
Tony Benn – a mega famous Labour Party politician – now retired as an MP was ringing to thank me for an e-mail I had sent (via his son Hilary Benn MP) – congratulating Mr Benn Senior on the publication of his latest book “Dare to Be a Daniel”
I proceeded to have a ten minute chat with this very alert, full of beans, sprightly, 80 year old who seemed to have boundless energy and related many quick memories of his time in politics and about the National Health Service and its formation in 1948.
More important than that, he was interested in what I had done in my life.
People in the full glare of national politics sometimes get bad press and are portrayed as arrogant, distant and not in touch. Tony Benn has had many critics in his long and fascinating political life. To me he always appeared genuine whenever I saw him on television. He is still passionate about his socialist beliefs.
The fact that Mr Benn took the trouble to ring me – someone pretty insignificant in his life - tells me so much about the man. Annie and I were both gobsmacked!
I felt privileged Mr Benn took the time to ring and it illustrates to me he is someone who walks his own talk.
That is – he does care for people.