We may still live to applaud Geoffrey Dickens as a campaigning hero, for producing his dossier on child abuse (and we wait to hear the outcome, and whether the rest of it is "found"). But I couldn't have been the only 50 something to do a doubletake, and say "Geoffrey Dickens"?
He died in 1995 and when I was young/in my prime, Dickens was a by-word for obsessional idiocy -- or for rank and file, red top Tory politics (sorry I'm probably being a snob here, and nil de mortuis etc, but you know what I mean).
In 1986, he introduced a bill trying to re-introduce capital punishment for the murder of children (suggesting that Brady and Hindley might not have done their crimes, if they had not heard that the Labour government was planning to abolish the death penalty: really?)
And there was more of the same.