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The great contenderDenis Healey A Life in Our TimesEdward PearceLittle Brown 30 pp634Speculation about what might have been is the sort of self-indulgence for which Denis Healey has only contempt Looking back on his own career he said - and I have no doubt meant - that doing something was far more important then being somebody But those of us with less robust emotions who worked with him through the traumas of the late Sixties cannot resist occasionally imagining what would have happened if he had won the Labour leadership election in 1980He lost because a couple of dozen Labour MPs believed wrongly as it turned out that if Michael Foot led the party the activists in the constituencies would let them lead a quiet life Their cowardice was compounded by the perfidy of four or five defectors to the soon-to-be-formed SDP who supported Foot because they wanted what was worst for the party and an excuse for their defection Had Healey won Labour would not have split Or at least as he said to me during the years of bitter division the fault line would have been located differentlyWith Denis Healey leading the Opposition Margaret Thatcher would still have won the 1983 general election but Labour would have been defeated not humiliated And Healey would have lived to fight and probably win another day The irresponsible Left would never have taken control of an intact party which looked as if it had a chance of seizing power and Blairite Christian Democracy which was a reaction to the years of failure and the damage done by extremism would not have been born out of desperationIt is impossible to read Edward Pearces splendid biography made all the more intimately informative by the authors clear bias in favour of his subject without coming to a poignant conclusion about Healeys failure to reach the oily top of the greasy pole He would have been a great prime minister
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