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Tony Benn

Geburtstag: 3. April 1925
Todesdatum: 14. März 2014

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Anthony „Tony“ Neil Wedgwood Benn, PC, früher 2. Viscount Stansgate , war ein britischer Politiker der Labour Party. Er gehörte dem House of Commons von 1950 bis 1960 an und erneut von 1963 bis 2000, also fast fünfzig Jahre lang, und war mehrfach Minister. In den 1970er und 1980er Jahren führte er den linken Parteiflügel und war bis zu seinem Tod im sozialistischen und pazifistischen Spektrum aktiv.

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„I cannot hand away powers lent to me“

—  Tony Benn
Context: If democracy is destroyed in Britain it will be not the communists, Trotskyists or subversives but this House which threw it away. The rights that are entrusted to us are not for us to give away. Even if I agree with everything that is proposed, I cannot hand away powers lent to me for five years by the people of Chesterfield. I just could not do it. It would be theft of public rights. Speech in the House of Commons (20 November 1991) http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1991/nov/20/european-community-intergovernmental during a debate on the Treaty of Maastricht.

„There is no moral difference between a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. They both kill innocent people for political reasons.“

—  Tony Benn
Context: I was born about a quarter of a mile from where we are sitting now and I was here in London during the Blitz. And every night I went down into the shelter. 500 people killed, my brother was killed, my friends were killed. And when the Charter of the UN was read to me, I was a pilot coming home in a troop ship: 'We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.' That was the pledge my generation gave to the younger generation and you tore it up. And it's a war crime that's been committed in Iraq, because there is no moral difference between a stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. Both kill innocent people for political reasons. Question Time (22 March 2007).

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„All war represents a failure of diplomacy.“

—  Tony Benn
Speech http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1991/feb/28/the-gulf in the House of Commons (28 February 1991)

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„When you think of the number of men in the world who hate each other, why, when two men love each other, does the church split?“

—  Tony Benn
On the same-sex marriage controversy in the Church of England. "Tony Benn: The glorious revolutionary" http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/3082-tony-benn-the-glorious-revolutionary, The Journal (26 March 2008).

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

—  Tony Benn
On not attending an EEC meeting in order to attend a Labour rally (12 December 1975), quoted in 'Mr Benn delays EEC meeting', The Times (13 December, 1975), p. 1

„Britain's continuing membership of the Community would mean the end of Britain as a completely self-governing nation and the end of our democratically elected Parliament as the supreme law making body in the United Kingdom.“

—  Tony Benn
Letter to Bristol constituents (29 December 1974), reprinted in Tony Benn, 'The Common Market: Loss of Self-Government', in M. Holmes (ed.), The Eurosceptical Reader (Springer, 2016), p. 38

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

—  Tony Benn
Speech to the Labour Party Conference in Blackpool (2 October 1972); Labour Party Annual Conference Report (1972), p. 103

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