This video from Britain says about itself:
3 December 2015
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says the speech made by Hilary Benn supporting air strikes in Syria reminded him of that made by Tony Blair ahead of the Iraq war. Mr McDonnell told the Today programme that he was impressed by the shadow foreign secretary’s oratory.
“I’m always anxious that the greatest oratory is going to lead us to the greatest mistakes,” he told presenter Nick Robinson.
Recently, during the debate on whether British warplanes should bomb Syria, Benn spoke for a minority of Labour MPs siding with the Conservative government that the bombing should go ahead. To justify that, Benn made a historically crackpot equation between the British government ordering its military to bomb the Middle East yet again, and 1930s British anti-fascists who against the will of the British government went to Spain to oppose Franco, Hitler and Mussolini there.
This poem is by Kevin Higgins:
Premature Elegy for Hilary Benn
Thursday 10th November 2015
comes galloping to the aid
of things as they must remain.
A perfect bag of air, with a mouth
He heroically picks up the test tube
He believes, passionately, in allies
the Prime Minister invented
while smoking a large herbal cigarette
Boris gave him the other morning;
perseveres, stoically, when those
who, in traditional times,
didn’t have telephones
call his office to tell his staff
what he is, or say the truth
about him on Twitbook.
Eventually, he’ll go upstairs
to not sit at the right hand
of his father, who’ll be too busy
trying to light his pipe,
or having a difference of emphasis
with the late Vladimir Lenin
over a ginormous mug of tea,
to be bothered with Junior’s excuses
for having spent
his final years on Earth
in a vast red robe
banging on the door
of the House of Lords,
shouting for someone to, please,
let him in.
Jeremy Corbyn reveals he was ‘appalled’ by MPs’ reaction to Hilary Benn’s pro-intervention Syria speech. The Commons erupted into spontaneous applause after Benn gave the last speech in favour of attacking the ‘fascists’ of Isis in Syria – to his own leader’s disgust: here.