Every country has its share of politicians that are admired for sticking to their beliefs, serving for many years, and making sure their voice and the voice of their constituents is heard. It’s not often we write about politicians, let alone British ones, but today we wanted to honor someone who passed this week. His name was Tony Benn.
Tony Benn was a minister of parliament in Great Britain for 51 years. He made his life’s work a mission to serve others through the government. Some people less aware of British politics may not know too much about Tony Benn, but once they’ve learned about him, most are generally glad to have had an opportunity to glance at his long and productive life.
Benn sided with left wing politics throughout his career, and he stood by his principles. After leaving parliament, he became involved in the Stop The War movement that attempted to stop the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many are impressed by his moving words as well as his commitment to his beliefs.
Here are some of Tony Benn’s best quotes.
Using simple logic to prove a point about priorities: “If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.”
About making mistakes in life: “I made every mistake in the book, but making mistakes is how you learn. I would be ashamed if I ever said anything I didn’t believe in to get on personally.”
On hope and fear: “Hope is the fuel of progress, and fear is the prison in which you put yourself.”
Expressing his strong anti-war opinion about violence: “There is no moral difference between a stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. Both kill innocent people for political reasons.”
On his purpose as a representative of the people: “We are not just here to manage capitalism, but to change society and to define its finer values.”
Tony Benn had a long and interesting service in the political world of Britain. Take some time to read a bit about him and learn something new and insightful.