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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."
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.
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.
New issue of The Spokesman
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The Soweto Gospel Choir bursts into song in a slick video circulating on YouTube under the heading Tata Madiba (Dear Madiba President Mandelas 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 Madibas 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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Voices for Peace - Aramaic Chants & Classical Music from Iraq
Japan and Turkey - Nuclear Proliferators?
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Safe at Work? - Sarah Friday
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The Middle East free of WMD? - COMMON DECLARATION ABOUT IRAN
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
No Glory in War - Campaigning in peace to remember the First World War
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