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Love or loathe his views, his commitment throughout his life to what he believed in is a contrast with many of today's career politicians.

Thoughts with his family as they mourn.
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Blimey, really not the Left's week.

I remember first encountering Tony Benn while watching BBC News. The footage is now quite well-known and it involved him overruling the presenter by broadcasting the details of the Gaza appeal. How could one not be won over by his insistence for what he believed was right (as well as that charming old-world, fudge-chew accent).
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RIP Tony Benn. He took up valuable space in my history text book.

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Taught me much about democracy, but actions speak louder than words. His support for the Communist revolutionary Militant tendency in the 80's was an utter disgrace.
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Boris Johnson's at it again!
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This week has been like a giant blue punch to the gut

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Saddest news I have heard in a long time. Most inspiring politician that has ever lived. Really upset to hear this. It's brought a tear to my eye.

The weirdest thing is that I had a really emotional dream about Tony Benn last night. It sounds ridiculous and I'm not a superstitious person, but it had a dream that I met him and immediately and hugged him - then I started crying and become really emotional whilst hugging him for some reason. I've never had a dream about Tony Benn before, let alone one that emotional. I've woken up to find this out. Really weird. It's actually shook me up quite a bit.

RIP Tony Benn

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One of our greatest modern politicians.
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(Original post by arson_fire)
I hated him, and everything he stood for, with a passion. Having said that, he was one of the rare breed of politicians who actually stood up for what he believed in rather than what he thought the electorate wanted to hear.
You 'hated' him? That's a very distasteful thing to say. Hating everything he stood for is a completely different thing.
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I met him once and he was a charming man, an excellent speaker. He had a fantastic sense of parliamentary occasion, it's really worthwhile watching this video of a speech he made on the election of Betty Boothroyd as Speaker.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EETNFIzrY&t=15m43s

Having said that, he was disastrous for the Labour Party, He had a slightly destructive streak in his personality, along with a kind of insoucient naivete that whenever he did something for what he believed were the right reasons, it must be right. His running against Denis Healey for the Deputy Leader position came close to destroying the party. See below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ITCj38dLgk&t=2m57s
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RIP Viscount Stansgate.

Wonder who will be next.... D. Skinner ?
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(Original post by Birkenhead)
Blimey, really not the Left's week.

I remember first encountering Tony Benn while watching BBC News. The footage is now quite well-known and it involved him overruling the presenter by broadcasting the details of the Gaza appeal. How could one not be won over by his insistence for what he believed was right (as well as that charming old-world, fudge-chew accent).
I never new the guy but from video I am sure he was great guy.
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Despite personal politics which I don't always agree with, the man's involvement in the Concorde programme (principally writing a contract so tough that no UK Gov could back out of it) means he'll forever be a hero to me. The greatest feat in aviation owes a lot to that man.
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RIP a great politician and more importantly a great man
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RIP Viscount Stansgate.
You are a cruel soul!
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Rest in peace.

A very inspirational man, even if I didn't agree with all his politics. It was a shame, in his most recent interviews despite not losing his wit you could see that he was deteriorating. Labour has lost one of their greats.
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R.I.P
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Saddest news I have heard in a long time. Most inspiring politician that has ever lived. Really upset to hear this. It's brought a tear to my eye.

The weirdest thing is that I had a really emotional dream about Tony Benn last night. It sounds ridiculous and I'm not a superstitious person, but it had a dream that I met him and immediately and hugged him - then I started crying and become really emotional whilst hugging him for some reason. I've never had a dream about Tony Benn before, let alone one that emotional. I've woken up to find this out. Really weird. It's actually shook me up quite a bit.

RIP Tony Benn

I think you're in love with him
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What an exceptional statesman he was. We should not write 'rest in peace' and just forget about the ideas he spread. As the left, we should rekindle his spirit and champion our causes with more passion than we ever have before.
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