MPs pay tribute to Tony Benn

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MP’s have been paying tribute to the late Tony Benn, who died this morning aged 88.

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing said she was an “enormous fan” of the former Labour cabinet member, despite having very different views, adding he had been a source of encouragement for her.

Mrs Laing said: “I remember he spoke immediately after I had given one of my first speeches in Parliament as a new MP and he was glowing with his praise about it.

“That event increased my confidence as a parliamentarian greatly.

“He was a man of principal who stuck to his beliefs and values when those around him were changing.”

MP for Brentwood and Ongar, Eric Pickles said: “Tony Benn was a magnificent parliamnetarian - the like of which we  are not likely to see for a very long time.

“He had an enourmous impact on British politics, sometimes for the good, sometimes for tha bad but whatever he said, he could not be ignored.”

Robert Halfon MP for Harlow who represents Roydon and Nazeing tweeted: “A real conviction politician even though I didn’t agree with all his convictions.”

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3:52pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Like Bob Crow, I never agreed with much of what Tony Benn said but he was a great author and I enjoyed his diaries. Of course he was Anthony Wedgewood Benn, born with a silver spoon in his mouth as an aristocrat and had enough inheritance to enjoy a Champagne, Pipe smoking Socialist, without a financial worry in the World, Hillary Benn also on. Cushy number like father. Of course the Tories have their own examples of people going into politics for the fun of it. Stella Creasy, another, born into financial security without a clue of hardship taking on the mantle of the needy like a penitence.
Like Bob Crow, I never agreed with much of what Tony Benn said but he was a great author and I enjoyed his diaries. Of course he was Anthony Wedgewood Benn, born with a silver spoon in his mouth as an aristocrat and had enough inheritance to enjoy a Champagne, Pipe smoking Socialist, without a financial worry in the World, Hillary Benn also on. Cushy number like father. Of course the Tories have their own examples of people going into politics for the fun of it. Stella Creasy, another, born into financial security without a clue of hardship taking on the mantle of the needy like a penitence. Villagecranberry
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8:40am Sat 15 Mar 14

stickmanny says...

Pure jealousy from cornbeefur, someone who wouldn't know a princple if it sat on his stinking crusty keyboard
Pure jealousy from cornbeefur, someone who wouldn't know a princple if it sat on his stinking crusty keyboard stickmanny
  • Score: 1

1:54pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Like Bob Crow, I never agreed with much of what Tony Benn said but he was a great author and I enjoyed his diaries. Of course he was Anthony Wedgewood Benn, born with a silver spoon in his mouth as an aristocrat and had enough inheritance to enjoy a Champagne, Pipe smoking Socialist, without a financial worry in the World, Hillary Benn also on. Cushy number like father. Of course the Tories have their own examples of people going into politics for the fun of it. Stella Creasy, another, born into financial security without a clue of hardship taking on the mantle of the needy like a penitence.
In addition to the comment from stickmanny, it should be noted that champagne never crossed Benn's lips - he was a lifelong teetotaller and addicted to tea.

As for Stella Creasy, she may be related to a wealthy family, but there is nothing in her life or in that of her parents (who live in Waltham Forest too) to indicate that they are personally enjoying the fruits of the family fortune.

But more importantly, in the context of cornbeefur's comments, it's not what we inherit in cash terms or make in money that matter, it's how we live our lives. Whatever you might think of Tony Benn's political leanings, he was always honest, he lived according to the principles that he recommended to others and he was undoubtedly a man of the people.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Like Bob Crow, I never agreed with much of what Tony Benn said but he was a great author and I enjoyed his diaries. Of course he was Anthony Wedgewood Benn, born with a silver spoon in his mouth as an aristocrat and had enough inheritance to enjoy a Champagne, Pipe smoking Socialist, without a financial worry in the World, Hillary Benn also on. Cushy number like father. Of course the Tories have their own examples of people going into politics for the fun of it. Stella Creasy, another, born into financial security without a clue of hardship taking on the mantle of the needy like a penitence.[/p][/quote]In addition to the comment from stickmanny, it should be noted that champagne never crossed Benn's lips - he was a lifelong teetotaller and addicted to tea. As for Stella Creasy, she may be related to a wealthy family, but there is nothing in her life or in that of her parents (who live in Waltham Forest too) to indicate that they are personally enjoying the fruits of the family fortune. But more importantly, in the context of cornbeefur's comments, it's not what we inherit in cash terms or make in money that matter, it's how we live our lives. Whatever you might think of Tony Benn's political leanings, he was always honest, he lived according to the principles that he recommended to others and he was undoubtedly a man of the people. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 1

11:18pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

stickmanny wrote:
Pure jealousy from cornbeefur, someone who wouldn't know a princple if it sat on his stinking crusty keyboard
Envy ? Hahahahaha! Of what?
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Pure jealousy from cornbeefur, someone who wouldn't know a princple if it sat on his stinking crusty keyboard[/p][/quote]Envy ? Hahahahaha! Of what? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

11:25pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Like Bob Crow, I never agreed with much of what Tony Benn said but he was a great author and I enjoyed his diaries. Of course he was Anthony Wedgewood Benn, born with a silver spoon in his mouth as an aristocrat and had enough inheritance to enjoy a Champagne, Pipe smoking Socialist, without a financial worry in the World, Hillary Benn also on. Cushy number like father. Of course the Tories have their own examples of people going into politics for the fun of it. Stella Creasy, another, born into financial security without a clue of hardship taking on the mantle of the needy like a penitence.
In addition to the comment from stickmanny, it should be noted that champagne never crossed Benn's lips - he was a lifelong teetotaller and addicted to tea.

As for Stella Creasy, she may be related to a wealthy family, but there is nothing in her life or in that of her parents (who live in Waltham Forest too) to indicate that they are personally enjoying the fruits of the family fortune.

But more importantly, in the context of cornbeefur's comments, it's not what we inherit in cash terms or make in money that matter, it's how we live our lives. Whatever you might think of Tony Benn's political leanings, he was always honest, he lived according to the principles that he recommended to others and he was undoubtedly a man of the people.
Tony Benn was honest no doubt. I love his diaries. He adored the simple things in life. However it is so easier to enjoy the simple things in life when you have no money worries? Stella has never had any money worries either and even though they have a tenuous connection to Walthamstow,,look where the familiy roots are where they still have property hahaha, you have been duped! Everyone is essentially nice Helen as you are no doubt but it is easier to be so when one has not got to worry about where the next dinner will come from?
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Like Bob Crow, I never agreed with much of what Tony Benn said but he was a great author and I enjoyed his diaries. Of course he was Anthony Wedgewood Benn, born with a silver spoon in his mouth as an aristocrat and had enough inheritance to enjoy a Champagne, Pipe smoking Socialist, without a financial worry in the World, Hillary Benn also on. Cushy number like father. Of course the Tories have their own examples of people going into politics for the fun of it. Stella Creasy, another, born into financial security without a clue of hardship taking on the mantle of the needy like a penitence.[/p][/quote]In addition to the comment from stickmanny, it should be noted that champagne never crossed Benn's lips - he was a lifelong teetotaller and addicted to tea. As for Stella Creasy, she may be related to a wealthy family, but there is nothing in her life or in that of her parents (who live in Waltham Forest too) to indicate that they are personally enjoying the fruits of the family fortune. But more importantly, in the context of cornbeefur's comments, it's not what we inherit in cash terms or make in money that matter, it's how we live our lives. Whatever you might think of Tony Benn's political leanings, he was always honest, he lived according to the principles that he recommended to others and he was undoubtedly a man of the people.[/p][/quote]Tony Benn was honest no doubt. I love his diaries. He adored the simple things in life. However it is so easier to enjoy the simple things in life when you have no money worries? Stella has never had any money worries either and even though they have a tenuous connection to Walthamstow,,look where the familiy roots are where they still have property hahaha, you have been duped! Everyone is essentially nice Helen as you are no doubt but it is easier to be so when one has not got to worry about where the next dinner will come from? Villagecranberry
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6:36pm Wed 19 Mar 14

snacker says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
stickmanny wrote:
Pure jealousy from cornbeefur, someone who wouldn't know a princple if it sat on his stinking crusty keyboard
Envy ? Hahahahaha! Of what?
Errr by implication, of people you believe have a "cushy" life.....
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Pure jealousy from cornbeefur, someone who wouldn't know a princple if it sat on his stinking crusty keyboard[/p][/quote]Envy ? Hahahahaha! Of what?[/p][/quote]Errr by implication, of people you believe have a "cushy" life..... snacker
  • Score: 0

12:18am Fri 21 Mar 14

snacker says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Like Bob Crow, I never agreed with much of what Tony Benn said but he was a great author and I enjoyed his diaries. Of course he was Anthony Wedgewood Benn, born with a silver spoon in his mouth as an aristocrat and had enough inheritance to enjoy a Champagne, Pipe smoking Socialist, without a financial worry in the World, Hillary Benn also on. Cushy number like father. Of course the Tories have their own examples of people going into politics for the fun of it. Stella Creasy, another, born into financial security without a clue of hardship taking on the mantle of the needy like a penitence.
In addition to the comment from stickmanny, it should be noted that champagne never crossed Benn's lips - he was a lifelong teetotaller and addicted to tea.

As for Stella Creasy, she may be related to a wealthy family, but there is nothing in her life or in that of her parents (who live in Waltham Forest too) to indicate that they are personally enjoying the fruits of the family fortune.

But more importantly, in the context of cornbeefur's comments, it's not what we inherit in cash terms or make in money that matter, it's how we live our lives. Whatever you might think of Tony Benn's political leanings, he was always honest, he lived according to the principles that he recommended to others and he was undoubtedly a man of the people.
Tony Benn was honest no doubt. I love his diaries. He adored the simple things in life. However it is so easier to enjoy the simple things in life when you have no money worries? Stella has never had any money worries either and even though they have a tenuous connection to Walthamstow,,look where the familiy roots are where they still have property hahaha, you have been duped! Everyone is essentially nice Helen as you are no doubt but it is easier to be so when one has not got to worry about where the next dinner will come from?
Yawnbeefur, what exactly is your point? Are you suggesting that because someone comes from an early position of relative advantage they should have no social conscience and not be allowed, or applauded, for standing up for those that do not have the privileges that they may have had? I realise it's dark under that bridge, but that's no excuse for being dim.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Like Bob Crow, I never agreed with much of what Tony Benn said but he was a great author and I enjoyed his diaries. Of course he was Anthony Wedgewood Benn, born with a silver spoon in his mouth as an aristocrat and had enough inheritance to enjoy a Champagne, Pipe smoking Socialist, without a financial worry in the World, Hillary Benn also on. Cushy number like father. Of course the Tories have their own examples of people going into politics for the fun of it. Stella Creasy, another, born into financial security without a clue of hardship taking on the mantle of the needy like a penitence.[/p][/quote]In addition to the comment from stickmanny, it should be noted that champagne never crossed Benn's lips - he was a lifelong teetotaller and addicted to tea. As for Stella Creasy, she may be related to a wealthy family, but there is nothing in her life or in that of her parents (who live in Waltham Forest too) to indicate that they are personally enjoying the fruits of the family fortune. But more importantly, in the context of cornbeefur's comments, it's not what we inherit in cash terms or make in money that matter, it's how we live our lives. Whatever you might think of Tony Benn's political leanings, he was always honest, he lived according to the principles that he recommended to others and he was undoubtedly a man of the people.[/p][/quote]Tony Benn was honest no doubt. I love his diaries. He adored the simple things in life. However it is so easier to enjoy the simple things in life when you have no money worries? Stella has never had any money worries either and even though they have a tenuous connection to Walthamstow,,look where the familiy roots are where they still have property hahaha, you have been duped! Everyone is essentially nice Helen as you are no doubt but it is easier to be so when one has not got to worry about where the next dinner will come from?[/p][/quote]Yawnbeefur, what exactly is your point? Are you suggesting that because someone comes from an early position of relative advantage they should have no social conscience and not be allowed, or applauded, for standing up for those that do not have the privileges that they may have had? I realise it's dark under that bridge, but that's no excuse for being dim. snacker
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