Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Hilary Benn makes His Dad Proud
I've just watched a recording of the Channel 4 Political Awards which took place last week. In the last few years barely a Tory has won anything, mainly because of the overwhelming number of Labour MPs who dominated the voting. But this year Dominic Grieve, Chris Grayling and Michael Gove swept the board. But the most heartwarming moment came at the end when Tony Benn presented his son Hilary with the Politician of the Year Award. We'll quickly pass over the fact that any independent observer would surely have given the award to David Cameron, but it was a joy to see the satisfaction Tony Benn got out of the fact that his son won the award. His eyes weren't the only ones a little moist. I'll admit that I am a bit of a fan of Hilary Benn, who is a genuinely nice guy. Probably too nice to get to the top, but if I were a Labour MP I'd be encouraging him to throw his hat into the ring. He's got to me more appealing that the Dour One.