Thursday, September 09, 2010

Our Influences

Left Foot Forward are running a poll on the most influential left wing thinkers involved in politics today (from a list drawn up by readers) and I just voted in it here. I'd like to encourage you to do the same.

There's some lovely names on there but it did get me thinking about what influential actually means. I mean Tony Benn is pretty much a household name and is a worthy addition to any list of signatories to your open letter in the Guardian but do people think differently because of him, or is he preaching to the choir?

I wonder what similar list would look like if it was a poll for the 'most influential green thinker'? Monbiot? Lucas? Meacher? Or would we be traipsing off into the Andes to find those courageous fighters that no one has ever heard of over here?