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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. [http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1991/nov/20/european-community-intergovernmental Speech in the House of Commons (20 November 1991)] 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
[http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1991/feb/28/the-gulf Speech in House of Commons (28 February 1991)]

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„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.“

— Tony Benn
Speech at Students for a Labour Victory rally, referring to Enoch Powell who was MP for Wolverhampton South West, Methodist Central Hall, London (3 June 1970), as quoted in "Onslaught on Powell by Wedgwood Benn" by Denis Taylor in The Times (4 June 1970), p. 1.

„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. [http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/3082-tony-benn-the-glorious-revolutionary "Tony Benn: The glorious revolutionary"], The Journal (26 March 2008).

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„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.

„We have been in recess since July, and during that time there have been a fuel crisis, a Danish no vote, the collapse of the Euro and a war in the middle east, but what is our business tomorrow? The Insolvency Bill [Lords]. It ought be called the Bankruptcy Bill [Commons], because we play no role.“

— Tony Benn
[http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/2000/oct/23/election-of-speaker Speech in the House of Commons (23 October 2000)], cited in Adam Tomkins, "What is Parliament for?" in Bamforth N. and Leyland P. (eds.), Public Law in a Multi-Layered Constitution, Oxford, Hart, 2003, p. 53.

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

— Tony Benn
Interview with Michael Moore in the movie Sicko (2007).

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