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Top 80 Tony Benn Quotes (2024 Update)

Tony Benn Quote: “There is no final victory, as there is no final defeat. There is just the same battle. To be fought, over and over again. So toughen up, bloody toughen up.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Five questions for politicians: 1. What power have you got? 2. Where did you get it from? 3. In whose interest do you exercise it? 4. To whom are you accountable? 5. How can we get rid of you?”
Tony Benn Quote: “The Civil Service is a bit like a rusty weathercock. It moves with opinion then it stays where it is until another wind moves it in a different direction.”
Tony Benn Quote: “If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.”
Tony Benn Quote: “The Labour party has never been a socialist party, although there have always been socialists in it – a bit like Christians in the Church of England.”
Tony Benn Quote: “It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you.”
Tony Benn Quote: “I think there are two ways in which people are controlled. First of all frighten people and secondly, demoralise them.”
Tony Benn Quote: “When I saw how the European Union was developing, it was very obvious what they had in mind was not democratic. In Britain, you vote for a government so the government has to listen to you, and if you don’t like it you can change it.”
Tony Benn Quote: “The Tory party is the enemy of democracy.”
Tony Benn Quote: “I’ve made every mistake – but mistakes are how you learn.”
Tony Benn Quote: “The way a government treats refugees is very instructive...”
Tony Benn Quote: “An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern.”
Tony Benn Quote: “There may be a legal obligation to obey, but there will be no moral obligation to obey. When it comes to history, it will be the people who broke the law for freedom who will be remembered and honoured.”
Tony Benn Quote: “I am not a reluctant peer but a persistent commoner.”
Tony Benn Quote: “We are paying a heavy political price for 20 years in which, as a party, we have played down our criticism of capitalism and soft-peddled our advocacy of socialism.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Food movement organic food stores supplies health food products and facilitate with instrumental support in organic agriculture.”
Tony Benn Quote: “If you file your waste-paper basket for fifty years, you have a public library.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Anyone from abroad will tell you that it is the class system that really lies at the root of our problems, economic and industrial. The House of Lords symbolises that.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Britain is the only colony in the British Empire and it is up to us now to liberate ourselves.”
Tony Benn Quote: “People in debt become hopeless and hopeless people don’t vote. They always say that that everyone should vote but I think that if the poor in Britain or the United States turned out and voted for people that represented their interests there would be a real democratic revolution.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Choice depends on the freedom to choose and if you are shackled with debt you don’t have the freedom to choose.”
Tony Benn Quote: “The Establishment decided Thatcher’s ideas were safer with a strong Blair government than with a weak Major government. We are given all these personalities to choose between to disguise the fact that the policies are the same.”
Tony Benn Quote: “I do not share the general view that market forces are the basis for political liberty. Every time I see a homeless person living in a cardboard box in London, I see that person as a victim of market forces. Everytime I see a pensioner who cannot manage, I know that he is a victim of market forces.”
Tony Benn Quote: “There is no moral difference between a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. They both kill innocent people for political reasons.”
Tony Benn Quote: “No medieval monarch in the whole of British history ever had such power as every modern British Prime Minister has in his or her hands. Nor does any American President have power approaching this.”
Tony Benn Quote: “I don’t think people realise how the establishment became established. It simply stole the land and property off the poor, surrounded themselves with weak minded sycophants for protection, gave themselves titles and have been wielding power ever since.”
Tony Benn Quote: “I’ve been a member of the Labour Party sixty five years, and I remain in it, but I think it’s all about campaigning for justice and peace, and if you do that, you get a lot of support.”
Tony Benn Quote: “We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values.”
Tony Benn Quote: “A faith is something you die for; a doctrine is something you kill for; there is all the difference in the world.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Middle class Labour leaders are recaptured by the establishment when they die.”
Tony Benn Quote: “I do not share the general view that market forces are the basis of personal liberty.”
Tony Benn Quote: “I think very often the boat-rockers turn out to be the people who are building the craft.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Encouragement is the most important thing in the world for young people, rather than league tables, which demoralise everyone.”
Tony Benn Quote: “The crisis that we inherit when we come to power will be the occasion for fundamental change and not the excuse for postponing it.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Democracy is not just voting every 5 years and watching ‘Big Brother’ in between and wondering why nothing happens. Democracy is what we do and say where we live and work.”
Tony Benn Quote: “It is wholly wrong to blame Marx for what was done in his name, as it is to blame Jesus for what was done in his.”
Tony Benn Quote: “The Internet is only the street corner meeting on a big scale.”
Tony Benn Quote: “I did not enter the Labour Party 47 years ago to have our manifesto written by Dr Mori, Dr Gallup and Mr Harris.”
Tony Benn Quote: “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 Quote: “When I think of Cool Britannia I think of old people dying of hypothermia.”
Tony Benn Quote: “It is government policy to phase out subsidies to nationalised industries. In line with this, the government hopes that the coal industry will be able to operate without the need for assistance apart from social grants.”
Tony Benn Quote: “She believes in something. It is an old-fashioned idea.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Broadcasting is really too important to be left to the broadcasters.”
Tony Benn Quote: “The House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians.”
Tony Benn Quote: “I now want more time to devote to politics and more freedom to do so.”
Tony Benn Quote: “If the Queen can reject the advice of a minister on a little thing like a postage stamp, what would happen if she rejected the advice of the Prime Minister on a major matter? If the Crown personally can reject advice, then, of course, the whole democratic facade turns out to be false.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Thanks to the tabloid campaigns I have many death threats and I was very pleased to get another one the other day.”
Tony Benn Quote: “In developing our industrial strategy for the period ahead, we have the benefit of much experience. Almost everything has been tried at least once.”
Tony Benn Quote: “Marxism is now a world faith and must be allowed to enter into a continuous dialogue with other world faiths, including religious faiths.”
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