On the extent of public ownership, and on the proper role of trade unions, he was well to the left of Jeremy Corbyn.
In 1984, his maiden speech in the House of Lords received a standing ovation that was all but unprecedented, if not actually so.
He had bemoaned the polarisation of society, ridiculed the origins of monetarism, and called the striking Durham miners "the best men in the world", not least for the part played by the Durham Light Infantry in the two World Wars.
By very stark contrast, the present Leadership of Durham County Council has closed the DLI Museum, and intends to sell the land for luxury housing.
It is probably too late to do anything about the first part of that.
But the second part might just about be preventable, when Labour is cleared out of Durham County Council this coming May.
And replaced, at least in Leadership positions, with people who support, and who are supported by, Jeremy Corbyn, Champion of the Teaching Assistants.
One of Corbyn's closest allies was kept out of Parliament by Blair 20 years ago. What goes around, comes around.