Tony Benn

"I think there are two ways in which people are controlled. First of all frighten people and secondly, demoralise them."


"Humans and animals inhabit the planet together and we have to find a way to take the cruelty out of it."


"Choice depends on the freedom to choose and if you are shackled with debt you don’t have the freedom to choose."


"People at the top do not want to share their power. They’ve always got some marvellous reason: I’m following my religion; I’m following the laws of economics. Even Stalin: I’m representing the vanguard of the working class, so please don’t cause trouble. That is the battle that every generation has, and yet we mustn’t be pessimistic about it…"

Westminster: Behind Closed Doors with Tony Benn

The then-MP Tony Benn gives a tour of Parliament.

Tony Benn — Democracy and Social Justice - Wolfson College, Oxford

'The long hard road to democracy and social justice' - 11 Dec 2008.

Veteran socialist and retired Labour MP Tony Benn speaks on the struggle for democracy and socialism in Britain, from the Peasant's Revolt and the Levellers up to the present. Introduced by Richard Sorabji.

Tony Benn - 'In the Psychiatrist's Chair'

Radio 4 - 1995-08-13, interviewed by Anthony Clare.