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Tony Benn RIP

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echt Fri 14-Mar-14 07:29:45

To raise an entirely appropriate brew to the memory of this man.

A superior shocialist, as Peter Tinniswood (of blessed memory) styled him.

MoreBeta Fri 14-Mar-14 07:40:43

In the end, even Labour Party moved away from the type of socialism that he espoused. State control of the commanding heights of the economy was no longer tenable after Margaret Thatcher.

dancingnancy Fri 14-Mar-14 07:50:07

Always seemed like a gentleman and really believed in his politics and beliefs.

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 14-Mar-14 07:50:58

A man of peace.
RIP Tony Benn.

Preciousbane Fri 14-Mar-14 07:53:13

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Chelvis Fri 14-Mar-14 07:58:57

A very nice man, personally and professionally. He was a great help when I wrote to him whilst researching my MA. Completely unpatronising, yet so fiercely intelligent and well read. I'm really sad. RIP.

LingDiLong Fri 14-Mar-14 08:00:29

RIP. If only there were more politicians like him.

Backinthering Fri 14-Mar-14 08:07:01

RIP, a man of total integrity.

PansBigChainring Fri 14-Mar-14 08:07:04

Great man, and a shame the left didn't have the guts to follow him. Would have been a Very British Coup indeed and Thatcher would never have existed.

bobbywash Fri 14-Mar-14 08:15:54

Harold Wilson summed him up following Benn's Time as Postmaster General.

"Tony did a great job..... produced a lot of pretty coloured stamps"

Impressed with his conviction over his beliefs (like Dennis Skinner) but they were outmoded and outdated even for labour.

MrsToddsShortcut Fri 14-Mar-14 08:21:37

I always believed he was the greatest Prime Minister we never had. He was a truly great, compassionate promoter for social justice and a great loss to both politics and society. RIP.

gordyslovesheep Fri 14-Mar-14 08:22:18

RIP brew an intelligent, principled and passionate man. Met a fair few times - he was always kind, funny and interested in what people had to say. A sad loss but not an unexpected one

CuntyBunty Fri 14-Mar-14 08:27:20

We lost a good 'un. RIP Tony Benn.

Maybe we'd be in a better state if "the type of socialism he espoused" was a reality now, MoreBeta, however, I hope this thread is a tribute, rather than a denigration of his politics and what he stood for.

A politician with principles - not to many of the around these days. I might not have agreed with all his views but I did respect him.

RIP. My sympathies to his family.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 14-Mar-14 08:30:33

I had huge admiration for him despite not sharing many of his political ideas. He was a very principled man who was also a gentleman.

I remember him at one of the Stop the War marches before the march started, waiting at one of the gathering points. He was sat quietly on some steps by himself, just like any other person. That will be my enduring image of him.

echt Fri 14-Mar-14 08:30:59

Quite, CuntyBunty. The naysayers need to start their own he-was-a- mistaken-dinosaur-cunt-but-a-bit-of-shame-he's-dead thread.

Lookbusy Fri 14-Mar-14 08:46:06

RIP - a good man.

OnIlkelyMoorBahtat Fri 14-Mar-14 08:53:40

Hear Hear - RIP Tony.

Dawndonnaagain Fri 14-Mar-14 08:55:10

A giant of a man. RIP.

Paleodad Fri 14-Mar-14 08:55:54

outmoded and outdated even for labour.
Really? opinion polls regularly show upwards of 60% support for major utilities, railways etc. to be returned to the ownership of the people.

CuntyBunty Fri 14-Mar-14 09:01:02

I really don't want this thread to be a criticism of Socialism and Tony Benn sad.

echt started this as a tribute.

Paleodad Fri 14-Mar-14 09:10:23

There's no greater tribute than to point out what a great socialist with real political integrity he was, how right he was (and is) about so many issues.

hobnobsaremyfave Fri 14-Mar-14 09:11:22

A principled intelligent man.
Unlike the slippery spin obsessed wankers who now mostly inhabit politics.

AskBasil Fri 14-Mar-14 09:16:07

One of the few left wing men who were actually prepared to have their attitudes to women questioned, who wasn't unafraid to challenge his own assumptions and who was connected to life and the struggle for fairness and justice right to the end.

RIP Tony. brew

YouTheCat Fri 14-Mar-14 09:17:01

We need more politicians like him these days.

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