Among the reports of Michael Foot's funeral at Golders Green Crematorium yesterday there are many gems that would, I hope, have pleased the grand old man of English socialism. My favourite, retold in this piece by Valentine Low of the Times, concerns the moment when Mr Foot sought to persuade a steward at Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park football ground that a good book is the world's most powerful weapon. Foot recognised a truth that has endured at least since Gutenberg...long may it continue to endure.    

For Michael Foot, a book was a formidable weapon