By Tony Benn
In 2001, Tony Benn, some of the most influential socialist politicians in Europe, retired from the British apartment of Commons after virtually 50 years in politics, to 'devote extra time to politics'. one of many ways that he conducted his answer used to be to write down a chain of weekly columns for the Morning megastar, a British socialist day-by-day newspaper.
These columns replicate the breadth of Benn's political issues, overlaying either family and foreign politics, and the simplest of them were amassed right here. Benn writes with a managed ardour concerning the Labour celebration (old and new), the threats to democracy and the necessity for a conceivable protest circulation, and the occasions and repercussions of September eleven, 2001.
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These arguments, if clearly put, will have a very wide appeal as a policy for extending to the new generation that opportunity their parents never had. The government has presented its policy as being in favour of excellence. This sounds fine, but in reality means that the best schools will be reserved for the wealthy and those who have been classified as specially gifted - which really means schools for the children of specially gifted parents. 35 FREE RADICAL New Labour has really let us all down.
He must have a share in the management of the industry . . he must feel that the industry is run by him to produce coal for the use of the community, instead of profit for a few people The Union of Post Office Workers, now a part of the CWU (Communications Workers' Union) had the same commitment. With the far higher level of education, technical knowledge and understanding that there is today it must be obvious that the knowledge and skills aquired in-house far exceed those which can be imported by this new breed of management consultants who seem to hover like vultures above us and tell us what to do, entrapping us all in a nightmare of bureaucracy that is both inefficient and destructive of our own powers of imagination and capacity to innovate.
A few days ago a new Education Bill was published which led The Times to run a front-page story, 'Labour Ends its 30-year War against Grammars', based on the decision to give even more money to grammar schools if they would assist other schools by taking in some of their pupils. Earlier, the phrase 'bog-standard comprehensive' came out from Downing Street as a term of abuse. For most Labour people this is viewed as a major betrayal, and so it is, but just saying that does not really reveal what the government has in mind, which is to introduce a totally different principle into our system to prepare us for the demands made by the global economy.