18 Quotes filtered by Tony Benn
It is government policy to phase out subsidies to nationalised industries. In line with this, the government hopes that the coal industry will be able to operate without the need for assistance apart from social grants.
Tony Benn 1974
The Tories think they are witnessing the retirement of a popular headmistress under circumstances that some might regret.
Tony Benn 22/11/1990
On Margaret Thatcher's resignation.
Category: Margaret Thatcher (quotes about)
I do not share the general view that market forces are the basis of personal liberty.
Tony Benn 22/11/1990
Category: Freedom & Liberty
I don't want to commit myself in advocating a definite republican constitution which will get bogged down with the question of who would elect the President and when.
Tony Benn 20/05/1963
Category: Republicanism (in Britain)
Having served in eleven Parliaments, it would be difficult to describe this as a maiden speech. It would be like Elizabeth Taylor appearing at her next wedding in a white gown.
Tony Benn 06/03/1984
There is the No Turning Back Group - I believe that was the cry of the Gadarene Swine.
Category: Conservative Party
Middle class Labour leaders are recaptured by the establishment when they die.
Tony Benn 07/11/1967
It is obvious I shall have to abandon my hopes of getting the Queen's head off the stamps.
Tony Benn 31/12/1965
Harold rejected my proposal for a programme on world poverty on TV on the eve of the municipal elections.
Tony Benn 23/03/1964
If I rescued a child from drowning the Press would no doubt headline the story 'Benn grabs child'.
Tony Benn 02/03/1975
I am on the right wing of the middle of the road with a strong radical bias.
Tony Benn 1959
Category: Labour Politicians (quotes about)
The Task Force will cost this country a far greater humiliation than we have already suffered. The attempt will fail.
Tony Benn 07/04/1982
Category: Falklands War
It is tempting to deny, but if you deny you confirm what you won't deny, and by confirming and denying you have announced before you have decided.
Tony Benn 1966
Category: Foot in Mouth
The present combination of corporate or commercial control theoretically answerable to politically appointed Boards of Governors is not in any sense a democratic enough procedure to control the power the broadcasters have.
Tony Benn 09/02/1972
The trouble is that most of what we see and hear is filtered through someone who is an expert in communications, maybe a producer, or a journalist, or an editor. They feel it is their job to make their material interesting.But making it interesting means that someone plonks himself down between us and the real situation. You just don't hear people who are actually working in industry talking in their own language about their lives and problems.
Tony Benn 02/05/1971
Category: Public Relations
The one thing that is absolutely essential is that there shouldn't be any governmental control [of the media] directly or indirectly.
Tony Benn 1969
If ever I left the House of Commons it would be because I wanted to spend more time on politics.
Tony Benn 1998
Category: House of Commons