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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Tony Banks RIP

Sigh... another of the precious few willing to speak their minds has been taken.

BBC Online

The former sports minister Tony Banks MP, Latterly Lord Banks of Stratford, has died on holiday in the US after suffering a massive stroke. He was 62.

Like Mo Mowlem and Robin Cook who died last year, Banks was one of the few members of the government willing to say what was on his mind. I didn't always agree with him, but loud and dissenting voices like his are all too rare in politics and for that reason he will be missed. After all, who else would be brave enough to go on TV, in the face of criticism fom the media for not sending a congratulatory message to England's winning rugby team, and dismiss the complaints as coming from "some tosser at the Daily Mirror".

Politics has become a shade more bland.



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