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On 2 Jul 2010 at 7:26pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Does anyone know what time he is expectex to come and unveil the staue at the library on Sunday, please?
 
 
On 2 Jul 2010 at 10:05pm socialist wrote:
I believe the statue is unveiled at 10:30
 
 
On 2 Jul 2010 at 11:06pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
er I saw it advertised as 11am
I'll be at library at 1030 just to make sure. ACT Would love to meet you if you are going. I'll be the one swooning at the sight of T Benn and too in awe to even speak to him..
 
 
On 3 Jul 2010 at 10:30am Smiler wrote:
It's not till 11
 
 
On 3 Jul 2010 at 12:48pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Thanks all.
May see you there, BB, not that I know what you look like.
I've actually met the great man a couple of times. He's very nice!
 
 
On 3 Jul 2010 at 8:24pm frankiesgirl wrote:
Im so glad I read this I thought it was 4.
 
 
On 4 Jul 2010 at 11:10am Patriot wrote:
A statue to a traitor. When will we stop being so naughty?
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On 4 Jul 2010 at 1:40pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
What a lovely event and how good to see TB and the sculpture of TP, which is very good.
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On 4 Jul 2010 at 8:50pm MC wrote:
Would have liked to have been at this. Benn's always been a hero.
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On 4 Jul 2010 at 9:09pm kevsy wrote:
Yep great morning, heartening to see such a great turnout to pay tribute to one great man and hear another speak.
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On 5 Jul 2010 at 8:07am Dad's Army wrote:
One of Tom Paine's great articles was entitled "Observations on the Construction and Operation of Navies with a plan to Invade England and the Final overthrow of the English Government" The same government he fiddled as an excise man. He followed up that little gem with "To the people of England on the Invasion of England". Written for his best mate at the time, Napoleon. Fortunately we had real heroes to stop the nasty little Frenchman.
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On 5 Jul 2010 at 9:35am Well I Never wrote:
Wealthy socialist comes to Lewes. No suprises there then. But have you people lost your marbles? The man is a complete joke. Gives up his peerage, but not the money. CND activist therefore would have willing exposed us to the tyranny of the Soviet Union. The likes of Benn can't stand the comfortably off middle class (of which you all are, like it or not). Thank God the people of this country rejected his like and choose Thatcher to dig us out of the mess left by Labour. Old Labour, the unions, et al, all ancient history. As for Paine, well, DA has covered that.
 
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On 5 Jul 2010 at 11:44am Clifford wrote:
What irritates me about Benn is that having been a 'modernising Whizzkid' under Wilson at what he called MinTech and pushing Concorde onto us he then 'discovered' socialism at the end of the 1970s and proceeded to go round lecturing us as if we'd never come across the idea before.
 
 
On 5 Jul 2010 at 5:39pm Bill wrote:
That maybe all very well, but his recorded memoirs that were played on Radio 4 are very good
 
 
On 5 Jul 2010 at 5:46pm kevsy wrote:
I can't be bothered to even start to argue against the small minded little Englanders that posted after me. Except to say that there is life beyond these shores and if I was an Englishman in the 18th Century I too would have sought to overthrow us and all we stood for.
 
 
On 5 Jul 2010 at 7:06pm Clifford wrote:
I'm not saying he isn't an interesting man, Bill. I think his diaries are fascinating. Kevsy - exactly right. Tom Paine was agitating for democracy and a welfare state, something Dad's Army would probably have said 'It'll never happen' at the time.
 
 
On 5 Jul 2010 at 8:18pm jrsussex wrote:
I had lunch with him and others back in the 90's at a charity event. He is an extremely interesting man to hold a conversation with, not really surprising given his time in politics and the great people he has mixed with. However I still believe his personal political views over the years to be appalling. As some other poster has already stated he would, on the face of the views he has expressed, have quite happily led this country into a world dominated by communism. The Cold War, in my opinion, was one of the greatest "wars" ever fought and won by the West. Had we have lost where would we be now? For all my criticism of the USA that is one example where had they have not stood their ground the world as we know it now would be vrey different.
 
 
On 5 Jul 2010 at 8:22pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
Kevsy, would you have joined Napoleon's ranks to fight invade England?
 
 
On 5 Jul 2010 at 9:15pm kevsy wrote:
Not sure they would have had me, I would have supported the French Revolution mind.
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On 7 Jul 2010 at 11:27pm Harpio wrote:
Will I never - Thatcher dug out out of the mess? - remember 15% mortgage rates, house repo's, IRA bombs everywhere, her unwavering support for the poll tax, the destruction of our manufacturing base (Germany were smart enough to invest in theirs), inner city riots and the creation of the banking culture that has screwed us all. Yeah, great job Maggie.
 
 
On 7 Jul 2010 at 11:51pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
well said harpio


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