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Tony Benn

a political life

by Powell, David

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  • 4 Currently reading

Published by Continuum in London, New York .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Great Britain
    • Subjects:
    • Benn, Tony, 1925-,
    • Politicians -- Great Britain -- Biography.,
    • Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1945-

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references (p. [194]-196) and index.

      StatementDavid Powell.
      GenreBiography.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsDA591.B36 P69 2002
      The Physical Object
      Paginationviii, 198 p., [8] p. of plates :
      Number of Pages198
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL3948259M
      ISBN 100826456995, 0826464157
      LC Control Number2001037097

      Here was I, an elected man who could be removed, doing a job, and here were these people with more power than I had and no accountability to anybody In later life Benn attempted to remove public references to his private education from Who's Who ; in the edition his entry stated "Education—still in progress". We have got to make a fresh start now. Nothing in the world would now induce me to support nuclear power.

      However revolutionary the phrase may sound; however many Trotskyite bogeys it may conjure up, that is what is being demanded and that is what we had better start thinking about. And so on. People will support you if you're serious. Some miners, however, considered Benn's industry reforms to have caused problems during the strike; firstly, that they led to huge wage differences and distrust between miners of different regions; and secondly, that the controversy over balloting miners for these reforms made it unclear as to whether a ballot was needed for a strike or whether it could be deemed as a "regional matter" in the same way that the reforms had been.

      To sit with him on a bus or train or in a restaurant was to witness a steady stream of pilgrims of all ages and all political persuasions coming up to shake hands, exchange a few words or ask for an autograph. If you go on you must be mad, absolutely stark-staring bonkers. Benn was the first peer to renounce his title, at 6. He found Norman Tebbit "terribly soft and good-natured" and "really a rather decent guy".


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Tony Benn book

Foot resigned as leader following the defeat which reduced Labour to only MPs, while Healey also decided to step down as deputy leader. This makes him the third generation of his family to have sat in the Cabinet of the Government of the United Kingdom, a rare distinction for a modern political family in Britain.

Nothing in the world would now induce me to support nuclear power. Cynics may say that Benn wanted to ride the unilateralist tide which was then flowing strongly but, inhe tried to make peace between the party's warring factions, only to find himself being treated with angry distrust both by Hugh Gaitskell, the pro-bomb party leader, and Frank Cousins, the anti-bomb union leader.

It is no use blaming working people or the unions if they have to work in ancient factories with obsolete equipment producing old-fashioned goods at unecomonic prices and earning low wages as well. This sense that one must remain true to one's faith and bear witness whatever the odds is the key to understanding Benn's political career, its failures as well as its successes.

Benn, on the other hand, hailed the electoral result as a triumph, claiming that never before had so many British voters more than 27 percent endorsed a socialist program.

Benn returned to the Commons after winning a by-election on 20 August. I want to help to redress the balance on the other side.

Tony Benn thought he was a failure but his diaries reveal how Westminster really works

I believe Tony Benn book if ever there was a case for it, it is today, with the massive supply of Russian war materials now going into Egypt, and that Tony Benn book should have more arms at once.

It was a mistake. Now in his 80s, with both physical strength and public influence fading, he has finally become the outsider looking in, only to discover what a painful place that can be.

Even the realisation that one day he will probably be confined to a hospital bed sets him wondering how he could be useful there, because "it's nice to think of something to do when you're dying". As late asthe two men were exchanging insults over the telephone about Benn having his diaries serialised in the Daily Mail.

With Edward HeathBenn was given the privilege of being able to continue using the House of Commons Library and Members' refreshment facilities by the Speaker. But a person who is punished for breaking an unjust law may if he is sincere and his cause wins public sympathy, create a public demand to have that unjust law changed through Parliament.

I am afraid I must say on the question of principle here involved—this question of moral principle—that I believe it to be humbug, when so many people, women, children, old folk, were killed by the atom bombs at Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

When Labour was in power again from to under first Wilson and then James CallaghanBenn was secretary of state for industry and minister for posts and telecommunications —75 and secretary of state for energy — If this leads individuals into conflict with the law, those individuals must be ready to take the consequences non-violently.

Despite later calling Labour under Tony Blair "the idea of a Conservative group who had taken over Labour" [] and saying "[Blair] set up a new political party, New Labour ", [] Benn's political diaries Free at Last show that Benn was initially somewhat sympathetic to Blair, welcoming a change of government.

Thousands of people travel to Burford, attracted by their story with its ideas of democracy and common ownership. In Mr Heath solemnly promised that he would not take Britain into the Common Market without the full-hearted consent of the British people.

His mother, too, became a Congregationalist in when she left the Anglican church because of its failure to allow the ordination of women. People at the top do not want to share their power. Later, he bought the bench from Oxford City Council and installed it in the garden of their home in Holland Park.

A summer of intense ideological debate and personal rivalry followed. The headlines tell the story: every British Institution is in crisis As a nation we have lost our way, What we have always been smugly told, is false.

It passes my understanding why a party which used to pretend to speak for the national interest should regularly denounce any extension of British control and ownership of the oil in the continental shelf. We are moving rapidly towards a situation where the pressure for the redistribution of political power will have to be faced as a major political issue.

He proposed issuing stamps without the Sovereign's head, but this met with private opposition from the Queen. Although for much of the Fifties the Labour Party was polarised between two camps — Bevanites and Gaitskellites — he does not seem to be wholly in either.

Day after day Fleet Street conducts its campaign against working people, ignoring their interests, distorting their arguments and abusing their representatives.

I have seen it in shipbuilding, aircraft, machine tools, the motor industry, motor cycles and electronics. Benn was the first peer to renounce his title, doing so at 6.

The one constant element throughout this long history of policy has been the fact that these alternatives have been largely centrally decided and imposed and have been seen as problems of economics and management rather than as problems of politics and consentTony Benn has 68 books on Goodreads with ratings.

Tony Benn’s most popular book is Letters to my Grandchildren: Lessons for the Future. Tony Benn entered the Commons in and with Ted Heath held the record for post-war service as an MP.

He has held four cabinet posts and has twice contended the leadership of the Labour Party, of which he has also been chairman. His many books include eight individual volumes of diaries and the childhood memoir, Dare to Be a Daniel.

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