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Tony Benn

Data de nascimento: 3. Abril 1925
Data de falecimento: 14. Março 2014

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Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn , inicalmente tambem conhecido por Anthony Wedgwood Benn, ou mais tarde por Tony Benn, foi um político e escritor britânico. Foi membro do Parlamento Britânico durante 47 anos, entre as eleições gerais de 1950 e as de 2001, e foi tambem membro do Gabinete Britânico nos governos trabalhistas de Harold Wilson e James Callaghan nas décadas de 1960 e 1970.

Tonny Benn foi um político carismático que defendeu com paixão as causas do socialismo dentro do Partido Trabalhista Britânico. Ele foi presidente da Stop the War Coalition e das vozes mais críticas à Guerra do Iraque.

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

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„The [pay] policy is principally designed to hold down wages rather than to check inflation. Inflation is being used as an excuse to destroy free trade union bargaining.“

— Tony Benn
Speech in the House of Commons (7 November 1973) http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1973/nov/07/price-and-pay-code.

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„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.

„Ideas are more powerful than guns.“

— Tony Benn
Wikinews interview with Tony Benn (8 August 2007), quote from approx 24min45 sec into interview.

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