I sent Tony Benn an email to say how much I enjoyed his visit to Swindon. For the record, this was his response:
Many thanks for your e-mail and diary for Swindon.
I am a Labour man because you cannot make much progress
alone and there is a difference of analysis between the parties even if policies
converge under New Labour.
But it was nice to get a message from a customer and
I will pass it on to my Marketing manager --- who is
This response is, of course, reproduced here with his permission. He send a
hilarious response when I asked his permission:
My management consultant has asked my spin doctor whether
he thinks my image would be helped by using my reply on your website and the
Focus Group who have studied the poll results have said it is OK so go ahead
This part is reproduced without his permission, but I'm sure he won't mind.
I'm really glad I made contact him, he's very approachable and again this isn't
something one particularly associates with politicians these days.