A selection from an article in The Guardian.
If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.”
Tony Benn says during the interview for Sicko, Michael Moore’s documentary film about the health industry in the US. Explaining the post-war creation of the welfare state, he said the popular mood of the 1945 election was: “If you can have full employment by killing Germans, why can’t we have full employment by building hospitals, building schools?”
In the course of my life I have developed five little democratic questions. If one meets a powerful person–Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin or Bill Gates – ask them five questions: ‘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?’ If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system.
I made every mistake in the book, but making mistakes is how you learn. I would be ashamed if I ever said anything I didn’t believe in, to get on personally.”
I think there are two ways in which people are controlled. First of all frighten people and secondly, demoralise them.”
There is no moral difference between a stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. Both kill innocent people for political reasons.”
Tony Benn Anthony was a British Labour politician who was a Member of Parliament for 47 years (between 1950 and 2001) and a Cabinet minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1960s and 1970s. He died on 14th March 2014 and his funeral is held today in London.
A selection from The Guardian’s article: 10 of the best Tony Benn quotes – as picked by our readers