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Headlines for Tony Benn’s Departure

photo credit: Chris Boland
photo credit: Chris Boland

The Guardian – The establishment insider turned leftwing outsider

“Tony Benn was one of the most mesmerising and divisive figures in the mainstream of postwar British politics. An establishment insider who became a rebellious leftwing outsider, a cabinet minister turned street protester and reviled prophet of capitalism’s demise, he nonetheless managed in old age to become something of a national treasure.”

The Independent – An iconic figure of our age

Quoting Ed Miliband, “He will be remembered as a champion of the powerless, a great parliamentarian and a conviction politician.”

Thomson Reuters – Veteran voice of the British left

“Born into the aristocracy but became a champion of the left”

The Telegraph – Champion of the powerless

“Quoting Ed Miliband, “He will be remembered as a champion of the powerless, a great parliamentarian and a conviction politician.”

BBC – Labour stalwart

Mr Miliband revealed he paid a visit to Mr Benn in hospital recently, describing him as being “as sharp as ever in mind”. “Above all, as I had cause to know, he was an incredibly kind man. I did work experience with him at the age of 16. I may have been just a teenager but he treated me as an equal.”

The Guardian – It’s questionable whether we have a democracy

“Democracy transfers power from the marketplace to the polling stations.” by Tony Benn”

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