Words cannot express how sorry I am to learn of the passing of this towering Labour politician.
Michael Meacher was a great source of hope for This Writer – and no doubt many others – during the New Labour years; hope that Labour would turn the corner, away from the neoliberalism of Tony Blair and his immediate successors, and back to the socialism of its origins.
Vox Political often publicised and commented upon his blog, which was a Left-wing beacon amid the rumblings of a mainstream media that too often panders to the uptight Right.
It is bitterly ironic that he has passed away, just as this hope seems likely to become reality. We shall all miss him.
Michael Meacher, the former Labour environment minister who served in the governments of Harold Wilson, James Callaghan and Tony Blair, has died aged 75 after a short illness.
The MP for Oldham West and Royton kept his seat with a 14,738 majority at the 2015 general election and was one of a small number of MPs to support Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest.
He described Corbyn’s election as a “seminal day in British politics, marking the coming together of the two great conditions needed for transformational change”.
As a backbencher, Meacher wrote almost daily blogposts about the politics of the day, often making the case for anti-austerity economics.