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To have blubbed like a baby watching footage of Tony Benn's beautiful funeral?

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Springheeled Thu 27-Mar-14 22:52:23

Such a moving event. Went very bleary eyed.

Trooperslane Fri 28-Mar-14 10:18:29

That's why I didn't watch it hmm

Rip lovely man

lionheart Fri 28-Mar-14 11:32:50

So interesting to see how many people with very different political views attended.

Nancy66 Fri 28-Mar-14 11:51:45

One of the few politicians that I think everyone, regardless of leanings, respected. That says a lot.

poii Fri 28-Mar-14 12:58:22

Yes I know how you feel, I just the same at Mrs Thatchers two great conviction politicians.

Trooperslane Fri 28-Mar-14 14:39:07

Who are they, Poii?

figgypuddings Fri 28-Mar-14 14:44:45

Yes, I cried too.
The dignity and love shown by his family, the banners of various causes which Tony Benn championed, the crowd- many of them genuinely upset at the passing of a true politician and humanitarian.

The famous faces (and the clothes they were wearing) did not matter to me but the faces of the ordinary woman and man on the street meant a lot.

BrownSauceSandwich Fri 28-Mar-14 14:47:11

I cried just reading about it.

poii Sat 29-Mar-14 16:05:53

Lady Margaret Thacher and Sir Winston Churchill. Anothony Wedgwood Benn just another neo commie who would have sold Britain down the shit canal along with Bob Crow and all Labour suporters inc Scargill and both the hypocrite Kinnocks.

ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight Sat 29-Mar-14 16:10:36

Poii - trolling, you're doing it all wrong.
Go and make your own thread

GildaFarren Sat 29-Mar-14 16:11:43

poii My parents always referred to Tony Benn either as AWB or as Lord Stansgate. I think they did it to show their contempt.

They actually just looked mean-spirited. hmm

HowContraryMary Sat 29-Mar-14 16:22:29

He was always known as 'Wedgie Benn' when I was a slip of thing

Selks Sat 29-Mar-14 16:30:11

It was a lovely send off, very moving. I cried too.

Springheeled Sat 29-Mar-14 16:56:53

I was hoping there'd be more coverage- would have loved to hear the singing of The Red Flag and hear Melissa Benn's speech. Amazed by lack of bbc coverage- ITV gave a much better report I thought.

poii Sat 29-Mar-14 23:25:30

Things. Sorry will try to be better next time.

montysma1 Sat 29-Mar-14 23:29:34

Do please.

Ecclefechan Sun 30-Mar-14 00:18:36

YANBU although I was sickened to see Gerry Adams and Martin Mcwotsit there - and Cherie Blair kissing the latter.

feathermucker Sun 30-Mar-14 20:44:56

A very moving event.

Poii, disrespectful and unnecessary. I doubt you can do betterhmm wink

AnyFucker Sun 30-Mar-14 20:53:15

fuck off poii

I felt the same, Op. This was an impressive man, never a whiff of scandal or dodgy dealing about him. Bet your bottom dollar his many enemies would have found it if that were the case.

RIP Tony Benn.

Springheeled Sun 30-Mar-14 23:32:07

Yes anyfucker just a decent chap. I think irreplaceable.

Springheeled Sun 30-Mar-14 23:34:21

And also, I am wondering where it might be possible to go to sing the likes of The Red Flag, Jerusalem and hmm maybe a bit of The Internationale these days, or is it only funerals now where you might hear them?

Walkacrossthesand Sun 30-Mar-14 23:37:54

And so dry and sardonic. In the '70s: '(under capitalism) if you want a poor man to work harder, you must pay him less; if you want a rich man to work harder you must pay him more'. Still happening now. RIP Wedgie.

Jaynebxl Sun 30-Mar-14 23:43:51

Springheeled you can sometimes get to sing at least one of those at a Billy Bragg gig.

Is it possible to see the funeral online? I was at work and missed it.

Springheeled Mon 31-Mar-14 20:21:13

I am going to miss Billy Bragg at Latitude as I have to work in the Friday, would have loved a good old singalong. (But have gone off him a lot since his south bank skate park flipflapping)
I found a live stream video via the Tony Benn Film Facebook group. It's okish. Made me well up again.
What will we do without him? Who else is there? I can't bring myself to love Galloway, and I find Diane Abbott extremely hard to abide. Is there any credible leftie in the land? I feel part of a dying tradition.

SueDoku Mon 31-Mar-14 20:27:39

I'm here spring .... I watched the live stream that the bloke from OccupyLondon filmed on his phone - and I wrote to the BBC to complain about the lack of even a mention on the News Channel...

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