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“There is no moral difference between a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. They both kill innocent people for political reasons.”
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“Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.”
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“If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.”
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“All war represents a failure of diplomacy.”
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“I think there are two ways in which people are controlled. First of all frighten people and secondly, demoralise them.”
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“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.”
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“Of course, Mao made his mistakes, because everybody does, but at least he allowed working people to smoke, even in the most trying circumstances, such as when, for one reason or another, they found themselves up before the firing squad.”
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“What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you”
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“After fifteen years I have decided to resign my membership of the Dennis The Menace Fanclub. It
brought me no benefits worth mentioning.”
Tony Benn, More Time for Politics: Diaries 2001-2007
“On the National Executive sat Charles Clarke, looking like a rather manky chimpanzee with his unkempt beard, jug ears and his air of surly aggression.”
Tony Benn, The Benn Diaries, 1940-1990
“Broadcasting is really too important to be left to the broadcasters.”
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“He referred to Aneurin Bevan as 'Urinal' Bevan. As for the working classes, they couldn't write their own names in shit on a lavatory wall. I said I thought they could.”
Tony Benn, The Benn Diaries, 1940-1990
“I was stunned with outrage.”
Tony Benn, Free at Last! Diaries, 1991-2001
“I don't make mistakes. I make predictions which immediately turn out to be wrong.”
Tony Benn, Arguments for Socialism
“Clare Short, who today poses as an anti-war warrior but was six years ago Blair's cheerleader-in-chief for bombing Yugoslavia. After the attack on Radio-Televizija Jugoslavenska she said, 'The propaganda machine is prolonging the war and it's a legitimate target'. Amnesty International pointed out 'intentionally directing attacks against civilian objects is a war crime under the Rome Statutes of the International Criminal Court'.”
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“You can’t have an economic structure worldwide whereby capital can move but labour can’t, and if you’re going to follow this, then labour must be able to come to wherever it’s more profitable. These are the people that are being kept out by the Asylum Bill, on the grounds that they are economic migrants and all of that, but of course all the money that’s invested abroad is economic migrant money.”
Tony Benn, Free at Last! Diaries, 1991-2001
“An educated, healthy & confident nation is harder to govern”
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“The Prime Minister keeps me on around here because I make him look good.”
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“But if there is hope, it lies in ordinary working people. When you put it in words it sounds reasonable: it is when you look at the human beings passing you on the pavement that it becomes an act of faith.”
Tony Benn, Arguments for Socialism
“Clement Attlee, who looked like a sadistic sanitary inspector...”
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“If there's one thing I've learned, it's that life is one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Kinnock was dead.”
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“I pledge no fudge of compromise', said Arthur Scargill, 'and no carrots of redundancy'. That would make a nice epitaph for him. 'He pledged no fudge'.”
Tony Benn, The End of an Era: Diaries, 1980-1990
“A letter today from a Mrs Gladys Freeman, 45 Sebastopol Terrace, Blackpool. 'Sir, reference the room you had here during the party conference season. Well, we know what it is. We know who done it. But for heaven's sake tell us where it is!”
Tony Benn, Out of the Wilderness: Diaries, 1963-1967
“Howay yabastaaz I'll t-t-take the f-f-fuckin lorrayaz! Am fuckin al reet me man. Why aye!”
Tony Benn, Letters to my Grandchildren: Lessons for the Future
“I'm all in favour of free expression provided it's kept rigidly under control.”
Tony Benn, Arguments for Socialism
“By the end of his sixteen-course meal in Buckingham Palace, Ramsay McDonald discovered he had changed his mind about the workers owning the means of production. From now on, he felt it better that the Dukes and Duchesses should continue to own the means of production. The workers would just have to make do with what was left over.”
Tony Benn, Dare to Be a Daniel: Then and Now
“In December 1970, Aristotle Onassis tries to buy the Belfast ship-yard Harland and Woolf. Seven union leaders spend the night in Claridges at his expense. One of them says later that his bed was too soft.”
Tony Benn, The Benn Diaries, 1940-1990
“When I was seven I got dressed up as a city gent and walked into the Bank of England shouting ' fuck the Pound'.”
Tony Benn, Arguments for Socialism


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The Benn Diaries, 1940-1990 The Benn Diaries, 1940-1990
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Letters to my Grandchildren: Lessons for the Future Letters to my Grandchildren
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Free at Last! Diaries, 1991-2001 Free at Last! Diaries, 1991-2001
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