A decade after his death, Tony Benn is as relevant as ever

Last Updated: March 14, 2024By Tags: , ,

Yes, I met him: Vox Political’s Mike Sivier (right) with the late, great Tony Benn.

March 14, 2024, marked 10 years since the passing of that great left-wing politician, Tony Benn – and he remains as relevant now as he was during his lifetime.

Listen to this passionate speech opposing Tony Blair’s war in Iraq:

“Aren’t Arabs terrified? Don’t Arab women weep when their children die?” These are questions that could be asked of the Palestinians in Gaza today.

“Doesn’t bombing strengthen their determination?” Think about that, and what Israel’s incessant bombing of Gaza is doing to the resolve of every innocent, non-combatant citizen of that enclave.

“Consequences for people who have no part to play in the brutality of the regime which we are dealing with.” The brutal regime could be Hamas, and its brutality on October 7 last year – with consequences for all the people of Gaza who had nothing to do with it.

In the current instance, though, it could also apply to the Israeli government that is committing genocide on our TV screens every day.

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Here’s another nugget of his wisdom – five questions that we should be asking constantly, about the people with power over us:

Finally, there are his words on the two kinds of politician:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Tony Benn was a signpost – he pointed the way for others to follow.

Look at the people we have at the top of our political parties now. Any way the wind blows, the lot of them – with only one or two exceptions who are in neither the Labour or Conservative parties.

Will we ever have representatives of his calibre again? Or will we just keep voting for the Tories or the Labour Party that Keir Starmer has made a pale imitation of the Tories?

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