Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn Quotes

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

Ideas are more powerful than guns.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

When you think of the number of men in the world who hate each other, why, when two men love each other, does the church split?

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

If democracy is destroyed in Britain it will be not the communists, Trotskyists or subversives but this House which threw it away. The rights that are entrusted to us are not for us to give away. Even if I agree with everything that is proposed, I cannot hand away powers lent to me for five years by the people of Chesterfield. I just could not do it. It would be theft of public rights.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

Britain's continuing membership of the Community would mean the end of Britain as a completely self-governing nation and the end of our democratically elected Parliament as the supreme law making body in the United Kingdom.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

Change from below, the formulation of demands from the populace to end unacceptable injustice, supported by direct action, has played a far larger part in shaping British democracy than most constitutional lawyers, political commentators, historians or statesmen have ever cared to admit. Direct action in a democratic society is fundamentally an educational exercise.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

It is wholly wrong to blame Marx for what was done in his name , as it is to blame Jesus for what was done in his

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

People say that if we work for the Single European Act, women will get their rights, the water will be purer, and training will be better. That is rubbish. It is part of the attempt to consolidate the EEC.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

The engineers are taking their stand on grounds of conscience...Conscientious objection to the law is not a criminal act. These people are our people and we should take a principled stand, together.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

We have been in recess since July, and during that time there have been a fuel crisis, a Danish no vote, the collapse of the Euro and a war in the middle east, but what is our business tomorrow? The Insolvency Bill [Lords]. It ought be called the Bankruptcy Bill [Commons], because we play no role.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous, then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

The way change occurs to begin with, if you come up with a good idea, like heathcare, you're ignored. If you go on you must be mad, absolutely stark-staring bonkers. If you go on after that you're dangerous. Then, if the pressure keeps up there's a pause. And then you can't find anyone at the top who doesn't claim to have thought of it in the first place. That's how progress is made.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world, because if you have power you use it to meet the needs of you and your community.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

Choice depends on the freedom to choose and if you are shackled with debt you dont have the freedom to choose.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

People in debt become hopeless and hopeless people dont vote. They always say that that everyone should vote but I think that if the poor in Britain or the United States turned out and voted for people that represented their interests there would be a real democratic revolution.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn
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