Michael Foot

Many of the Britons mourning Michael Foot, who died March 3 at 96, did not vote Labour when he led the party. Some had not yet reached voting age when he (right, with his wife, the author and filmmaker Jill Craigie) helmed the party's 1983 parliamentary campaign. Some had not yet been born. And a thumping majority of those who were eligible to vote chose to retain Margaret Thatcher as prime minister, after Britain's 1982 Falklands-war victory burnished her popularity.

Foot, though a sparkling orator with a brilliant intellect, did his part to contribute to Labour's defeat, pushing a left-wing manifesto...

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