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Tony Benn

Data di nascita: 3. Aprile 1925
Data di morte: 14. Marzo 2014

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Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn detto Tony - già secondo Visconte di Stangate è stato un politico britannico, socialista e repubblicano.

Ha avuto un ruolo centrale nell'atto di riforma della Camera dei Lords adottato nel 1963 ed è stato, negli anni settanta e ottanta una figura centrale della sinistra interna al Partito Laburista. Fu segretario di stato dell'Industria e "Postmaster General" nel secondo governo di Harold Wilson, segretario di stato nel governo di James Callaghan, segretario del Partito Laburista, e Ministro della tecnologia sempre con Harold Wilson. Dopo John Parker è stato il politico laburista più a lungo presente nella Camera dei Comuni.

È conosciuto come uno dei pochi politici usciti dall'esperienza di governo con posizioni più a sinistra che in precedenza, col passare degli anni Benn si è anche spostato progressivamente dall'attività politico – parlamentare a un sempre maggiore interesse per l'attivismo di base fatto di dimostrazioni e dibattiti pubblici. Dagli anni settanta si dichiara vegetariano. Nel Regno Unito la sua attività politica ha portato in uso il termine “Bennita” che sta ad indicare posizione di sinistra radicale unita con un atteggiamento democratico e rispettoso delle posizioni diverse.

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Frasi Tony Benn

„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.

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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.“

— 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).

„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 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. "Tony Benn: The glorious revolutionary" http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/3082-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
Speech in the House of Commons (23 October 2000) http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/2000/oct/23/election-of-speaker, 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.

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