For John, BLUF: One can think someone is wrong, yet still respect them as a person. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Tony Benn, a member of the British Parliament, was an all out socialist. In the article linked to here, from The Daily Mail, the reporter suggests that Tony Benn would have turned Great Britain into another North Korea, if he had had his way. I would suggest that such a characterization may be a bit over the top. On the other hand, Mr Benn was a true believer.
Benn was brought up in an atmosphere of deep idealism and moral seriousness, and his mother Margaret, a feminist theologian, impressed on him the Methodist maxim: ‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.’Thoroughly wrong, but thoroughly a man of principal.
Regards — Cliff