Award-winning playwright Alan Bennett has launched a withering attack on the Tories – describing their style of government as ‘quite close to a totalitarian attitude’.
In an interview with the Guardian’s Weekend magazine Bennett said of the Conservatives: ‘It’s not merely that they want to be the governing party – but the only party – and that’s never been a part of British political tradition’ he said.
‘That stems from Mrs Thatcher: she did believe that Labour was wicked’.
The Talking Heads writer (81) has come out in support of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saying: ‘I approve of him. If only because it brings Labour back to what they ought to be thinking about’.
‘The notion that they [Labour] were wanting to choose somebody who would win the election when we are three – four years away from one – regardless of what half the nation wants – that seems to me far more risky than what they have done’.
Bennett – a regular passenger on the east coast mainline – said the opposition leader was ‘absolutely right’ to want to nationalise the railways and that privatising it the ‘was pure ideology’ of the Conservative-led coalition government.
‘It was making a profit and there was no reason to sell it back again’ Bennett explained. ‘No good arguments have been advanced for it’.
He attributed his sympathy for leftwing politics to his experience in the national service when he was a young man .
‘I was quite conservative and Christian and rather priggish when I went into the army’ he said.
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