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Tony Benn

Datum narození: 3. duben 1925
Datum úmrtí: 14. březen 2014

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Anthony Neil Wedgwood „Tony“ Benn byl britský politik, člen Labour Party. Byl ministrem průmyslu ve vládě Harolda Wilsona a ministrem energetiky ve vládě Jamese Callaghana . Byl dlouholetým poslancem britského parlamentu . Byl reprezentantem levého křídla Labour Party, označení „bennite“ odvozené od jeho jména značí v britské politice demokratického radikála. Labouristickou vládu Tonyho Blaira kritizoval za zahraniční politiku a Blaira obvinil z válečných zločinů. V roce 2002 se umístil v anketě 100 největších Britů na 97. místě.

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Citáty 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.

„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).

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„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

„It would be inconceivable for the House to adjourn for Easter without recording the fact that last Friday the High Court disallowed an Act which was passed by this House and the House of Lords and received Royal Assent — the Merchant Shipping Act 1988. The High Court referred the case to the European Court... I want to make it clear to the House that we are absolutely impotent unless we repeal Section 2 of the European Communities Act. It is no good talking about being a good European. We are all good Europeans; that is a matter of geography and not a matter of sentiment. Are the arrangements under which we are governed such that we have broken the link between the electorate and the laws under which they are governed? I am an old parliamentary hand — perhaps I have been here too long — but I was brought up to believe, and I still believe, that when people vote in an election they must be entitled to know that the party for which they vote, if it has a majority, will be able to enact laws under which they will be governed. That is no longer true. Any party elected, whether it is the Conservative party or the Labour party can no longer say to the electorate, "Vote for me and if I have a majority I shall pass that law", because if that law is contrary to Common Market law, British judges will apply Common Market law.“

—  Tony Benn
Speech in the House of Commons (13 March 1989) http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1989/mar/13/adjournment-easter-and-monday-1-may on the Factortame case

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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.

„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.

„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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