Friday, April 18, 2008

On a Death

It wasn't my intention to blog again so soon after yesterday's marathon but sometimes you can't avoid it. In a way, this is a kind of follow-on from yesterday in that it's mourning not just the loss of a person but somebody who believed in a set of values that are increasingly being ignored in our cheapened society.

Crewe and Nantwich awoke this morning to the news that Gwyneth Dunwoody, our MP of 34 years had passed away yesterday evening aged 77. It was known she'd been ill for the past week and had undergone heart surgery but she was one of those redoubtable souls that one always assumes will be around forever.

Gordon Brown made the necessary noises of sympathy and regret, as did the rest of the cabinet but much of it sounded like weasel words. They must have been secretly jumping up and down with glee because Gwyneth Dunwoody was a perennial thorn in the side of New Labour; she wasn't exactly one for towing the party line and was a constant reminder of what social democracy should have been about. She said she started out on the right wing of the party and was now on the left of it even though her views hadn't changed. The party had spun round her. She was talented enough for a portfolio but wouldn't put her name to the policies of this bowdlerised version of the party if she didn't believe in them or had no sympathy for. It's called conviction. The current crop of talentless idiots should take note.

Gwyneth Dunwoody

MP for Exeter 1966-70
Crewe 1974-1983
Crewe and Nantwich 1983-2008


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Blogger The Birdwatcher said...

One of the last politicans who when she spoke, you felt confident that it was from the heart. A massive lost to the H of C, and to humanity

10:25 pm  
Blogger Malc said...

I remember during my time in Young Socialists thinking Dunwoody was dangerously right wing for a Labour politician, but while Kinnock and his cronies were selling the party down the river she stayed true to her principles and I'd be happy to support a party of Gwyneths.

Honest politicians - a dying breed.

1:37 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

And Robin Cooke!

5:37 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

She should be remembered for her ongoing battle to have Winnie the Pooh repatriated from the NY Public Library.

That and trying to save the NHS.

8:45 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Yes, she was big on bears.

11:16 pm  

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