The legacy of Peter Coleman

At the funeral this morning there were many tributes from family and friends. He was a family man, not a clubman like Adam Smith and so the real Peter Coleman was best known in the inner circle of family and close friends. The family circle recently expanded to include a great grandchild born in Paris last week.

He was a remarkable public figure and there were many tributes to the way he moved beyond his literary and cultural concerns to function as a party politician. Maybe that was a mistake. His best work was done at his desk as a write and editor and in personal conversation. But he did not shirk the encounter at the “bloody crossroads” as someone described the junction of literature and politics.

He never had a website of his own and we invited him to occupy a place in the Guest Room at our place. This put a range of his splendid writing on the public record in cyberspace.

As the tributes rolled out this morning a football image come to mind. It is the image of the player who is not the most eye-catching performer on the field, or the winner of the major awards, but the player who is recognized by his team mates for making the most valuable and consistent contribution on and off the field.

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6 Responses to The legacy of Peter Coleman

  1. vlad

    Wish I’d been there.

    May he rest in peace.

  2. stackja

    He was my local MLA, the member for Fuller.

  3. max

    One of the oddest and most unexpected pairings-off I can imagine is Peter Coleman and Adrian Rawlins. I would love to read his interview with Adrian lodged in the National Library but not published anywhere. I’m sure he would have unearthed some gems.

  4. Behind Enemy Lines

    Another righteous post, Rafe. Shame it had to be done. Good that you did.

  5. Herodotus

    I recall him saying after his son-in-law left politics that “he still has a lot of ambition”.
    I live in dwindling hope. The state of politics in the western world is so wrecked by the rabid left that there are now few politicians with the necessary leadership qualities to cope, and even fewer parties with the quality to support them.

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