Tony Benn was a renowned British politician who served as a Member of Parliament for a period of forty-seven years. He was born to a Viscount who although gave him a luxurious childhood but contradicted his socialist ideologies. He started his political career by winning the parliament seat from South Gloucestershire at an early age of 26 to become the youngest Member of Parliament. His seat came at a stake after his father died as he had to inherit his seat in the House of Lords. He successfully campaigned against the law and returned to the Commons after winning a by-election. There he eventually became the Secretary of State for Industry. He used his experience to empower the influence of Industry and IMF over British politics. This had a huge impact in checking the power of the MP’s, while he professed his concept of enhancing the power of workers in the management of firms. Apart from this he has also led various anti-war movements including Gulf Wars and Kosovo War. After his retirement he was significantly involved in politics as a political activist. Here is a collection of sayings and quotations by the famous politician which have been scanned from the vast sea of his work. Read the following thoughts and quotes by Tony Benn that will enlighten you about politics.
Normally, people give up parliament because they want to do more business or spend more time with family. My wife said 'why don't you say you're giving up to devote more time to politics?'. And it is what I have done.
Someone comes every morning at nine o'clock to see if I am still alive. I do get lonely, yes, but I have the children who come and see me. I see all my children every week, and there are the grandchildren, too.
The exhaustion of old age is something people who are younger don't fully appreciate.
Age does take it out of you, and I haven't the energy I had before. Sometimes I have breakfast and sit in this chair, and I wake up and it is lunchtime. In the past, the idea of sleeping through a morning would have horrified me, but you have to accept the limitations that old age imposes on you.
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.
An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern.
I've got four lovely children, ten lovely grandchildren, and I left parliament to devote more time to politics, and I think that what is really going on in Britain is a growing sense of alienation. People don't feel anyone listens to them.