A while back JRD from Some Random Thoughts tagged me with a meme to list my top five political influences. Sorry for not doing this sooner JRD!
This one was rather harder than I thought. In the main my influences are those which got me interested in politics and social affairs as a 17 year old back in 1980. Not all of those who influenced me were politicians.my
So here goes.
1. Margaret Thatcher (an influence does not have to be a positive one!)
2. John Pilger (Although I don't care for a lot of what Pilger has to say, Cambodia: Year Zero had a profound effect on me)
3. Peter Watkins (For the War Game)
4. Tony Benn ( for his independent mindedness)
5. John Lilburne (Gerald Winstanley, Robert Owen, and British other proto-socialists. They may have failed to achieve their goals but they contributed in their own way to a non-Marxist basis for British socialism)