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By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

Food movement organic food stores supplies health food products and facilitate with instrumental support in organic agriculture.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

If you file your waste-paper basket for fifty years, you have a public library.

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

I think very often the boat-rockers turn out to be the people who are building the craft

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 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

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 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

I think Mrs Thatcher did more damage to democracy, equality, internationalism, civil liberties, freedom in this country than any other Prime Minister this century. When the euphoria surrounding her departure subsides you will find that in a year or two's time there will not be a Tory who admits ever supporting her. People in the street will say, thank God she's gone

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

People in debt become hopeless and hopeless people don't vote. They always say that that everyone should vote but I think that if the poor in Britain or the United States turned out and voted for people that represented their interests there would be a real democratic revolution.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

There is good and bad in all of us and the Church uses the idea of original sin to control us by saying that, if we do not obey the bishops, we will rot in Hell.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I met somebody once who said, "I'm a lapsed-atheist" by what he meant was, "I don't believe in God but the older I get the more I realise there is a spirituality in everybody that has to be cherished and nourished." That made a lot of sense to me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

If the Queen can reject the advice of a minister on a little thing like a postage stamp, what would happen if she rejected the advice of the Prime Minister on a major matter? If the Crown personally can reject advice, then, of course, the whole democratic facade turns out to be false

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

I was radicalised by being a minister. That's when I saw how the system really worked. And that is not a very usual process, but it certainly happened to me: it gave me a lot more experience, it helped me to understand where power really lay, develop strategies for undermining or changing it, and so on. But that isn't the norm. Mr Gladstone moved to the left as he got older, and one or two other people have, but normally you swing the other way.

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 14 Sep

Tony Benn

The crisis that we inherit when we come to power will be the occasion for fundamental change and not the excuse for postponing it

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

Cabinet members are soon overwhelmed by the insistent demands of running their departments. On the whole, a period in high office consumers intellectual capital; it does not create it....The less ministers know at the outset, the more dependent they are on the only sources of available knowledge; the permanent officials.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

The way a government treats refugees is very instructive.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

If democracy is ever to be threatened, it will not be by revolutionary groups burning government offices and occupying the broadcasting and newspaper offices of the world. It will come from disenchantment, cynicism and despair caused by the realisation that the New World Order means we are all to be managed and not represented.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I have had the advantage of a radical Christian upbringing

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

The Establishment decided Thatcher's ideas were safer with a strong Blair government than with a weak Major government. We are given all these personalities to choose between to disguise the fact that the policies are the same.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

The 1973 Labour Conference will have before it the most radical programme the Party has prepared since 1945.

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 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 13 Sep

Tony Benn

If you read Mein Kampf, Hitler's book, which I have outside, I bought it when I was eleven, Hitler said, "democracy inevitably leads to Marxism" - now you work that one out. It's so interesting that when the poor have the vote they will use it to remove the privileges of the rich.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

An educated, healthy & confident nation is harder to govern

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

Having served in eleven Parliaments, it would be difficult to describe this as a maiden speech. It would be like Elizabeth Taylor appearing at her next wedding in a white gown.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I did not enter the Labour Party 47 years ago to have our manifesto written by Dr Mori, Dr Gallup and Mr Harris

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 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 I rescued a child from drowning, the press would no doubt headline the story: 'Benn grabs child

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 13 Sep

Tony Benn

Encouragement is the most important thing in the world for young people, rather than league tables, which demoralise everyone.

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 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 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 15 Sep

Tony Benn

The Internet is only the street corner meeting on a big scale

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I am not a reluctant peer but a persistent commoner

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

If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.

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 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

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 13 Sep

Tony Benn

I see myself as an old man and an unqualified teacher to the nation. I think being a teacher is probably the most important thing you can be in politics.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tony Benn

Experience is the only real teacher and if you keep a diary you get three bites at educating yourself - when it happens, when you write it down, and when you reread it and realise you were wrong. Making mistakes is part of life. The only things I would feel ashamed of would be if I had said things I hadn't believed in order to get on. Some politicians do do that.

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 13 Sep

Tony Benn

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tony Benn

When Blair was elected leader of the Labour Party, he said, "New Labour is a new political party" - that was the phrase he used, and I'm so glad he said it because he set up his own party and I'm not a member of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tony Benn

The flag of racialism which has been hoisted in Wolverhampton is beginning to look like the one that fluttered 25 years ago over Dachau and Belsen.