A great man has passed, it was announced this morning - Tony Benn.
Like his views or not, he was one of the political giants of the last 60 years. A great speaker and we will not see the likes of him again. Passionate to the end.
Having renounced his life peerage (and dropping the "Wedgewood-" from his name) and even after being in government, his views got more Left Wing with time (or as normally happens, views get more Right Wing with age).
Many quotes, but perhaps my favourite is:
“If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.”
“I think there are two ways in which people are controlled. First of all frighten people and secondly, demoralise them.”
“Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself”
"Compassion is everything in politics. Once that is missing, what's left is immoral"
Here is a Guardian article with these in context
Tony Benn RIP - he will be missed.