A sad day for British politics. Read here.
Micheal Foot was a political titan, who became Labour’s last-ever socialist leader in 1980. Throughout his leadership, he had to suffer both derision from both political foes and allies alike, and the mass defection of many MPs to the short-lived Social Democratic Party in 1981. Despite seeing the party suffer a heavy defeat in the general election of 1983, his political star survived intact. Unlike many of Labour’s successors, including the careerists in the current cabinet, he actually stood for what he believed in.
With British politics in a near-terminal state of crisis, we desperately need decent and principled leaders more than ever.