RIP Tony Benn

When I studied Politics at A Level, we went both years to London for a conference given to students. Tony Benn spoke both times. He made the effort every year to show up and address teenagers. The first time I saw him his key message was that the Houses of Parliament were a public institution, owned by the British people. “When you see that building across the road,” he said, “remember that it is yours. It does not belong only to those who sit inside it.” The second time, he was a more frustrated with parliament, but his message was still one of empowerment. He wanted to remind us that politics occurs wherever the people are, even when parliament appears to have shut us out.

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