Tony Benn on democracy

If you meet a powerful person – ask them five questions:
What power have you got?
Where did you get it from?
In whose interests do you exercise it?
To whom are you accountable?
And how can we get rid of you?
If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system.

Tony Benn

A famous actress – Yvonne Arnaud I think – once described herself as a socialist ‘or in other words, an extreme democrat.’ It seems to me that this quote from Tony Benn, which I have on the wall at Thompson Towers, sums up up the spirit of socialist democracy.

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