Tony Benn

(Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn)

Tony Benn
Tony Benn
  • Born: April 3, 1925
  • Died: March 14, 2014
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Politician

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Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, originally known as Anthony Wedgwood Benn, but later as Tony Benn, was a British politician, writer, and diarist. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for 47 years between the 1950 and 2001 general elections and a Cabinet minister in the Labour governments of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1960s and 1970s. Originally a moderate, he was identified as being on the party's hard left from the early 1980s, and was widely seen as a key proponent of democratic socialism within the party.

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I am on the right wing of the middle of the road and with a strong radical bias. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians. Legislating & Legislative Process
A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world. Religion & God
Age does take it out of you, and I haven't the energy I had before. Sometimes I have breakfast and sit in this chair, and I wake up and it is lunchtime. In the past, the idea of sleeping through a morning would have horrified me, but you have to accept the limitations that old age imposes on you. Morning
All war represents a failure of diplomacy. Failure ;War & Peace
At the end of my life, I was told to vote for it for pensioners; I' m not in favour of means tests for pensioners or anybody. Life
Britain today is suffering from galloping obsolescence.
Broadcasting is really too important to be left to the broadcasters.
I believe the more difficult the circumstances, the more people will be inclined to trust those in charge at the moment. Trust
I can't go to bed if I haven't done my diary. I always record them just as I've always recorded all my interviews and speeches.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I think if you're going to be committed to doing anything, you really have to care about it, and I suppose that is a romantic idea. Romantic
If you file your waste-paper basket for fifty years, you have a public library.
I'm not frightened about death. I don't know why, but I just feel that at a certain moment your switch is switched off, and that's it. And you can't do anything about it. Death
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. Time
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. War & Peace
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. Time ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I've had a very full life, and I've enjoyed it very much. I've learned a great deal and feel indebted to all the people who have worked so hard. Life
I've made every mistake - but mistakes are how you learn.
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. Life
Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure. Life
My day rotates around my family. I am very lucky. Families, Children & Parenting
My filing system is messy but orderly.
Normally, people give up parliament because they want to do more business or spend more time with family. My wife said 'why don't you say you're giving up to devote more time to politics?'. And it is what I have done. Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Families, Children & Parenting
Someone comes every morning at nine o'clock to see if I am still alive. I do get lonely, yes, but I have the children who come and see me. I see all my children every week, and there are the grandchildren, too. Morning
The exhaustion of old age is something people who are younger don't fully appreciate.
The Marxist analysis has got nothing to do with what happened in Stalin's Russia: it's like blaming Jesus Christ for the Inquisition in Spain.
The uncut diaries are 16 million words. It's very tiring to do your diary every night before you go to bed.
We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values. Society
You have to try to build support around causes. It is uniting to campaign on a single issue, and it is never just a single issue; it's always more than that.

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