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Labour stalwart Tony Benn dies at 88
« on: March 14, 2014, 03:21:22 AM »
Dude was an bleep, but I'll give the devil his due. He was an honest Communist.

Via the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26573929

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Former Cabinet minister and veteran left-wing campaigner Tony Benn has died at home, his family has said.

The 88-year-old former Labour MP had been seriously ill.

Mr Benn became an MP in November 1950 and served in the Cabinet under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan.

A major figure on the left of the party, he narrowly missed out on the deputy leadership in 1981 and went on to be a popular public speaker, anti-war campaigner and political diarist.

In a statement his children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua said Mr Benn died peacefully early this morning at his home in west London surrounded by his family.

"We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the NHS staff and carers who have looked after him with such kindness in hospital and at home.

"We will miss above all his love which has sustained us throughout our lives. But we are comforted by the memory of his long, full and inspiring life and so proud of his devotion to helping others as he sought to change the world for the better."

They said arrangements for his funeral will be announced in due course.
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Re: Labour stalwart Tony Benn dies at 88
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2014, 04:07:07 AM »
Just to explain the honest communist comment -

He was a hereditary peer. Automatic seat in the House of Lords (at the time). He waived his peerage to become an MP, so he did put his reputation where his mouth was, unlike the vast majority of the champagne Socialists.
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Re: Labour stalwart Tony Benn dies at 88
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2014, 10:00:49 PM »
"Honest communist" or not -- the only good one is a dead one.

Congratulations, Mr. Benn!


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