Jan 11 2011

A Benn mini-bungle

Posted by: Nicholas Shaxson in: Thoughts

I have spotted a small, though not insignificant, error in the book. On page 111 it reads:

“A letter in 1975 from Tony Benn, a British member of parliament, to Chancellor Dennis Healey, about a tax conference in Jersey, gives a flavour:

But it should read

“A constituent’s letter forwarded and endorsed by Tony Benn, a British member of parliament, to Chancellor Dennis Healey, about a tax conference in Jersey, gives a flavour:”

I trace this mistake back to an editing error I made between July and September of last year. The July version had it correct, but as I crunched the text down to shorten it I seem to have made this mistake, or at least it’s misleading. The next chapter draft, in September contained this mistake. As I said, it’s a small but not insignificant error. (It was corrected in yesterday’s Guardian story.)

Apologies to Tony Benn for any misunderstandings – hopefully he won’t notice anyway!

2 comments so far

Ruth 1th January, 2011 1.29 pm

I hope this error will be corrected in the next edition. 🙂

Nick Shaxson 1th January, 2011 9.47 am

It already has, for the reprint . . .

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