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Speeches by Tony Benn

"Political speeches delivered at public meetings are in the oldest tradition of democratic debate; and they have retained their importance in the labour movement.

They are a part of the process of mutual education by which the people discuss and learn from their own experience.

These speeches, together with some articles and memoranda written over the years, record at least as much about what I have learned as about what I have tried to expound.

Some of the views expressed do not stand up so well to the test of time. Many are now widely accepted in the movement and outside.

Many of the speeches reproduced in this volume were intended to be part of that broader socialist debate."

Tony Benn
London, August 1974

Available in paperback for the first time, this new edition includes an interview with the author about workers' control, the occupy movement and other political issues.

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Tony Benn Pamphlets

The Levellers and the English Democratic Tradition
by Tony Benn

The Levellers continue to inspire political debate and public interest. Thousands of people travel to Burford, attracted by their story with its ideas of democracy and common ownership. Tony Benn's and Frieder Otto Wolf's sparkling speeches to the annual Leveller's Day celebrations at Burford, separated by more than twenty years, give ample testimony to the strength of this tradition.

The Speaker, The Commons and Democracy
by Tony Benn

There is no doubt that unless we can restore the vitality of representative democracy more and more people will conclude that they are just pawns in an unending political game to be managed and manipulated for the convenience of those at the top.

See our full range of Tony Benn books and pamphlets.

<span style='font-size: 16px;'>New issue of </br><em>The Spokesman</em></span>

New issue of
The Spokesman

Tata Madiba
The Spokesman 123

The Soweto Gospel Choir bursts into song in a slick video circulating on YouTube under the heading ‘Tata Madiba’ (‘Dear Madiba’ – President Mandela’s tribal name). The video has caused some controversy in South Africa. Shoppers at Woolworths stand and listen, unused to hearing shopworkers rendering Asimbonanga. Some shed a tear, for the resonant singing is occasioned by Madiba’s death, at the end of a long and fruitful life.

Some years earlier, in 1998, President Nelson Mandela had asked the key question about nuclear weapons:

‘... why do they need them, anyway? In reality, no rational answer can be advanced to explain in a satisfactory manner what, in the end, is the consequence of Cold War inertia and an attachment to the use of the threat of brute force to assert the primacy of some States over others.

He was addressing the UN General Assembly in the fiftieth anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We reprint excerpts from that speech, which reflect his characteristic clear thinking and common humanity. His unmistakable voice, spoken at a measured pace, resounds from the page.

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April 2014
Take action - End the scandal of military spending

Tate Liverpool: Exhibition - 28 February – 11 May 2014

March 2014
Launch Event - Warwick University Ltd: A Tale from the 70s Still Relevant Today?

Whose snipers in Kiev? - A transcript

Margaretta D'Arcy - A postcard from prison

February 2014
Mauritian Personalities Bravely Stand Up - Compulsory Biometric ID Card

Margaretta D'Arcy & Shannon Airport - New Video

January 2014
Voices for Peace - Aramaic Chants & Classical Music from Iraq

Japan and Turkey - Nuclear Proliferators?

Bertrand Russell in translation - by europeancollections

Video: Angela Davis & Gina Dent - Global Justice

December 2013
Safe at Work? - Sarah Friday

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

November 2013

Dirty Wars - UK cinematic release

Safe at Work? - A review by the Bookmarks socialist bookshop

We are all Greeks - by Tony Simpson

Ayse Berktay - An Update by Abi Rhodes

October 2013
No Glory in War - Campaigning in peace to remember the First World War

Keep Space for Peace Week - 5th - 12th October

September 2013
The Conquest of Happiness - A Play

Arms fair challenged with daily direct action - get involved!

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