I didn't get to post last night as we had a Fundraising Dinner last night for Edinburgh East Constituency Labour Party; guest speaker Tony Benn- he was outstanding! 83 years old, spoke without notes but with wit and devastating insight; "the people are now to the left of the Labour Party; real change comes through movements not personalities, real hope is built on moral values that people feel speak to them, it is our task to fan the flames of justice and hope" and much much more. I wish I had recorded it, (especially the bit about us being political pyromaniacs!) but it did leave the packed room in no doubt that a return to our core values will bring us back to being the servants of the people and that we can again be in a position to use power we are given on their behalf.
As some-one who, when he gave up being an MP said "Now I am free to get involved in politics" in many ways he reminded us that the first step to wards being able to work towards being in power for the people is to know what it is to be powerless and so instead of bemoaning our fate we should recognise it as the beginning our journey. It was a joy and a privilege to hear him. I just hope that the rest of the Party hears his message also.
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