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By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I'm a democrat - I don't support Bush, I don't support Blair, I don't support Bin Laden.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I'm interested in language. We used to call it the War Office. Then it became the Ministry of Defence. We used to talk about the hydrogen bomb, now we talk about a deterrent. And the language is very cleverly constructed to give the impression that it's not what it is.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

Although socialism is widely held by the establishment to be outdated, the things that are most popular in British society today are little pockets of socialism, where areas of life have been excluded from the crude operation of market forces and are protected for the benefit of the community

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

There is no moral difference between a stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. Both kill innocent people for political reasons.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

When you get to No 10, you've climbed there on a little ladder called 'the status quo'. And when you are there, the status quo looks very good

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

The Civil Service is a bit like a rusty weathercock. It moves with opinion then it stays where it is until another wind moves it in a different direction

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I do not share the general view that market forces are the basis for political liberty. Every time I see a homeless person living in a cardboard box in London, I see that person as a victim of market forces. Everytime I see a pensioner who cannot manage, I know that he is a victim of market forces

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

If you're going to make sense of politics you have to have a historical perspective and also recognise that you have to work with people you don't agree with.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

People say that if we work for the Single European Act, women will get their rights, the water will be purer, and training will be better. That is rubbish. It is part of the attempt to consolidate the EEC.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

I've been a member of the Labour Party sixty five years, and I remain in it, but I think it's all about campaigning for justice and peace, and if you do that, you get a lot of support.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

No medieval monarch in the whole of British history ever had such power as every modern British Prime Minister has in his or her hands. Nor does any American President have power approaching this

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world, because if you have power you use it to meet the needs of you and your community.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

It is obvious I shall have to abandon my hopes of getting the Queen's head off the stamps.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

I try not to make political arguments personal. It doesn't help and it switches a lot of people off. The real questions: Will we have peace? Will we have justice? Will we have pensions? Will we have free education? Will we have public services? .... those are the sort of things which interest me. I don't think that having a go at individuals really helps get your point across apart from anything else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

When I saw how the European Union was developing, it was very obvious what they had in mind was not democratic. In Britain, you vote for a government so the government has to listen to you, and if you don't like it you can change it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

[I am against] the Treaty of Rome which entrenches laissez faire as its philosophy and chooses bureaucracy as its administrative method.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

A faith is something you die for; a doctrine is something you kill for; there is all the difference in the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I now want more time to devote to politics and more freedom to do so.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

I try to operate on two unconnected levels. One on the practical level of action in which I am extremely cautious and conservative. The second is the realm of ideas where I try to be very free

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

Change always follows the same pattern. If you come up with something new they try and put you off.If that doesn't work they call you stark raving bonkers.If that doesn't work they lock you up like the suffragettes.Then, after a pause, the change happensand you can't find anyone that doesn't claim to have been fighting for it with you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I do not share the general view that market forces are the basis of personal liberty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I sometimes wish the trade unionists who work in the mass media, those who are writers and broadcasters and secretaries and printers and lift operators of Thomson House would remember that they too are members of our working class movement and have a responsibility to see that what is said about us is true.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

Change from below, the formulation of demands from the populace to end unacceptable injustice, supported by direct action, has played a far larger part in shaping British democracy than most constitutional lawyers, political commentators, historians or statesmen have ever cared to admit. Direct action in a democratic society is fundamentally an educational exercise.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

There's people on the left who say, the ballot box is a waste of time. Forget them. When Mandela voted for the first time at the age of 76 there was a lot of grown men, including me, wept buckets. That was what it was about. It doesn't solve things, but it gives you the mechanism to hold to account the people with power.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

It's the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous, then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

The peace movement didn't stop the Iraq but I think that Blair would not be able to go along and support an Iranian war.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

By the end of his sixteen-course meal in Buckingham Palace, Ramsay McDonald discovered he had changed his mind about the workers owning the means of production. From now on, he felt it better that the Dukes and Duchesses should continue to own the means of production. The workers would just have to make do with what was left over.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

Britain is the only colony in the British Empire and it is up to us now to liberate ourselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

The nature of the economic system should be a matter for public choice, and free market capitalism should not be accepted without any discussion of the rich variety of alternatives ... Unlike civil laws, economic laws are imposed on people with all the authority of immutable laws of nature. But the economy is created by people, supported by government intervention, regulation, statute and subsidy, and implemented in such a way that it gives substantial wealth and power to a privileged few, while the majority face a life of relentless work, stress and periodic financial insecurity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

Through me the energy policy of the whole Common Market is being held up. Without opening old wounds, it pleases me no end.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

There is no final victory, as there is no final defeat. There is just the same battle. To be fought, over and over again. So toughen up, bloody toughen up.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

If one meets a powerful person - Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin or Bill Gates - ask them five questions: 'What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?' If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I don't want to commit myself in advocating a definite republican constitution which will get bogged down with the question of who would elect the President and when.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

The First World War created the Second World War because that was a war between three grandsons of Queen Victoria: The King of England, the Kaiser and the Tsar married Queen Victoria's granddaughter. And that triggered Communism in Russia and Fascism in Germany and led to the Second World War.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

The way a government treats refugees is very instructive.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I did publish a Bill once called "Common Sense" with a new constitution for Europe called the "Commonwealth of Europe," setting it all out - what it's rights were, how it would work. And I think that that will be where is has to go. But I'm not anti-European, I'm just a democrat, a very committed democrat. I don't see why the hell I should obey a law made by someone I didn't elect and can't remove.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

Middle class Labour leaders are recaptured by the establishment when they die.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

Well, it all began with Democracy. Before we had the vote all the power was in the hands of rich people. If you had money you could get health care, education, look after yourself when you were old, and what democracy did was to give the poor the vote and it moved power from the marketplace to the polling station, from the wallet...to the ballot.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

Workers are not going to be fobbed off with a few shares...or by a carbon copy of the German system of co-determination.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

The people who have sacrificed their view in order to get to the top have very often left no footprints in the sands of time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

There is no connection between imperialism and democracy. I mean when we ran an Empire which we did when I was born, there was no democracy anywhere.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

My alternative to American superpower is the UN and I might add when China becomes the worlds greatest superpower you will need it too.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

An MP is the only job where you have 70,000 employers, and only one employee.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

It is not surprising that more and more people are coming to the conclusion that the ballot box is no longer an instrument that will secure political solutions... They can see that the parliamentary democracy we boast of is becoming a sham.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

I think the truth is that the Labour Party isn't believed any more because people suspect it will say anything to get votes. The rebuilding of some radical alternatives to Thatcherism - and by that I mean all-party Thatcherism - will require us to do some very difficult things

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

People would do well to ask themselves how many of their ambitions and aspirations derive from the type of economic system they inhabit and the insecurity and exhaustion it creates, and question the sense and purpose of a society where control of a large portion of life is abdicated under contract in the labour market, and where immense creativity and potential is stifled by the need to do difficult and repetitive tasks in order to earn a wage.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

An educated, healthy & confident nation is harder to govern

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

I've got four lovely children, ten lovely grandchildren, and I left parliament to devote more time to politics, and I think that what is really going on in Britain is a growing sense of alienation. People don't feel anyone listens to them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I am on the right wing of the middle of the road and with a strong radical bias.