Archiv: Tony Benn


11.04.2019 - 11:15 [ Paul Embery , Blue Labour / Twitter ]

Tony Benn arguing in 1975 against handing over democratic powers to European technocrats. Eloquent, powerful and prescient. This was the best of the Left.

24.02.2019 - 13:17 [ voteleavemedia / Youtube ]

Tony Benn – Britain must Leave the EU to restore Democracy

Published on Jun 13, 2016

„Leaving the EU is a democratic and not a nationalist argument“ – The Labour MP argued passionately for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU all through his political career.

23.02.2019 - 10:54 [ English Radical History ‏/ Twitter ]

„The Government, Whitehall and the whole of Fleet Street are still trying to brainwash the British people, of *all* people, into believing that we are quite unfitted to exercise the basic right of self-determination.“ Tony Benn speaking to #Labour Party conference, 1972. #Brexit

15.12.2018 - 15:57 [ sturdyblog.wordpress.com ]

Tony Benn: Ask the powerful five questions

(14.3.2014) Ask the powerful 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?
HOW CAN WE GET RID OF YOU?

15.12.2018 - 15:54 [ theNation.com ]

Tony Benn and the Five Essential Questions of Democracy

(14.3.2014) Tony Benn met Mahatma Gandhi when he was 12, knew and defended Nelson Mandela when the embrace of the anti-apartheid struggle was seen as a radical act, began his fifty years of service in the British Parliament when Winston Churchill was the leader of the conservative opposition and left after Tony Blair became prime minister, renounced his inherited title as the 2nd Viscount Stansgate so that he could continue to serve in the people’s parliament (declaring “I am not a reluctant peer but a persistent commoner”), ushered in a new age of popular communications and connectivity as Britain’s pioneering Minister of Technology in the 1960s and 1970s, championed cooperatives and worker ownership as Britain’s Minister of Industry in the 1970s, battled not just Margaret Thatcher but the compromising leaders of his own Labour Party on behalf of the working class in the 1980s and finished his almost 60 years of public life as an international leader of the opposition to the wars of whim and folly that have stolen so much of the promise of our time.