Bob tagged me with this one.
Here’s the list that I’ll claim, but whether it’s true I’ve very little idea:
- Isaac Deutscher – when I was about 14 I read The Prophet Armed, which gave me the impression that the ends justify the means. A view I no longer subscribe to.
- Antonio Gramsci – for the concept of the political myth, which I was quite taken by at university
- Max Weber – for an understanding of bureaucracy.
- The Guardian – an inconsistent liberal touchstone.
- John and Llin Golding – they taught me the value of (strongly held) moderate opinion in the Labour Party, the need for organisation and for discipline.
I have to say that I’m surer of the last two than the first three.