Michael Foot – A true RED …and GREEN

Michael Foot with his portrait by Robert Lenkiewicz

I have 3 major passions in my life – Labour/Socialist politics, Plymouth Argyle and the theatre.

Uniting at least 2 [theatre is a by-product, as the extraordinary Footsbarn Theatre Company was originally founded in Cornwall, in a barn owned by his nephew, Oliver] was the unique Michael Foot.

And this week, all are united in their grief at the loss of a great giant.

The picture above shows Michael alongside his portrait [in in his Green and Black Argyle scarf which is almost as famous in Plymouth as his “donkey jacket” is nationally] by Plymouth artist, the late Robert Lenkiewicz from his “Addictive Behaviour” project and currently hangs in Portcullis House

I can’t hope to compete with the wealth of detail and insight put into the many obituaries published in the media [I favour The Guardian], but I am sure that Michael – a Leveller, in the historical sense of the word – would truly believe the world had turned upside down when the Torygraph published a tribute to him by TONY BENN…

To close, I can only add the biography when he joined the Plymouth Argyle playing staff on his 90th birthday [still the oldest registered league player!]:

Evergreen left-winger in his first season with the club that he has supported all his life. Unlikely to stray out of position and drift towards the right. Brings with him plenty of experience.

Although never called upon to play, it would have been fantastic to see him on the subs bench.

The Greens will be wearing black armbands today, and I will take my cue from Michael and spend the afternoon at Home Park rather than canvassing with Ben Bradshaw in Exeter.

Michael using state-of-the art PA in 1950 -oh how times change!