Jan. 8th, 2006

chickenfeet: (death)
There is a certain irony that when I first read the news of Tony Banks' massive stroke I was embroiled in several debates about how rotten and vicious politics has become. It's ironic because Tony was one of the good guys. He never lost the basic decency that made him treat everybody like a real person, not just a rung on the ladder of his own ambition.

I knew Tony when he sat for Tooting on the GLC. I was the constituency political education officer for most of the eighteen months I lived there and so got to know Tony reasonably well. He threw the best parties at his rambling "fixer upper" of a house (when he bought it there was a tree growing in the living room). I guess that's how I want to remember him; a decent bloke who laughed a lot and threw great parties.

I feel diminished this morning as I think of Tony spending his last hours on life support in Florida.

Prediction

Jan. 8th, 2006 10:28 am
chickenfeet: (penguin)
The most confusing new book title of 2006 will be:

The Penguin Book of Turkey Chicken Flu

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