Tony Benn taken to hospital - not life threatening

#1
Is the Wicked Witch up to the voodoo doll tricks again, as with Cook and Mowlam?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4287830.stm

Ex-MP Tony Benn taken to hospital


Veteran former Labour MP Tony Benn is said to be "comfortable" in hospital after falling ill at the party's annual conference in Brighton.
The 80-year-old is believed to have been treated by paramedics at the Brighton Centre on Tuesday afternoon.

He was taken to the city's Royal Sussex County Hospital by ambulance.

Mr Benn stepped down from Westminster in 2001. His illness is not understood to be life threatening.

A hospital spokesman said the former MP for Chesterfield had been seen by a consultant and was being kept in overnight.

His condition was described as "comfortable".

Mr Benn had been due to speak at a conference fringe meeting on Tuesday evening entitled "Does democracy need a makeover?".
 
#2
Good lad is old uncle Benn. Hope he gets better soon. He's one of the few politicians for whom I have a great deal of respect, even if I don't always agree with him.
 
#4
I had the pleasure of hearing him speak on a number of occasions when I was a student. As Bits says, it wasn’t often I agreed with him, but he was always very knowledgeable and entertaining, definitely worthy of respect. I hope he gets well soon.
 
#5
I would not wish ill on any pensioner (well maybe some) but I cant say I am a fan a rather foolish and nieve politician, regardless of who he served with. An appeaser.
 
#6
If our other Lords and Ladies were more like Mr Benn, we would not hear such a loud call for banishment of the honour system and the Royal family.

I have not always agreed with him, but he has always had the 'peoples' welfare at heart.

Get well soon Tony

J
 
#7
Hatred of Tony Blair makes strange bedfellows. If Mr Benn had his way, we'd all be out of jobs sharpish. Would Britain be a better place? Suppose that depends on whether you'd prefer a statue of an 'Irish Freedom Fighter' instead of Nelson in Trafalgar Square, which would of course be called something like Rosa Luxembourg Square.

Still, at least Tony Benn walked the walk on military matters, unlike most modern day politicians. I certainly don't wish him any ill. Met him once and he is a nice old geezer.
 
#10
Didn't he start as a Crab though? Seem to remember he did his first solo in Rhodesia as a crab, then transferred to FAA as there was more of a chance to have a crack at the enemies of the Empire. Seafire Jockey too as I remember, top man.

I know his brother was KIA over Germany in a Halifax?
 
#11
PTP,

Not sure of his original unit but, as you mention, he was a seafire pilot in the Pacific (I think). I always admired his honesty and humour although disagreed with 99% of what ever point he was making. A good politician (not often you see that phrase on ARRSE) who has made politics a darn sight more interesting over the past 50 odd years.

Get well soon.
 
#14
If democracy is ever to be threatened, it will not be by revolutionary groups burning government offices and occupying the broadcasting and newspaper offices of the world. It will come from disenchantment, cynicism and despair caused by the realization that the New World Order means we are all to be managed and not represented.
Doesn't seem very naive to me.

Get well soon.
 
#15
Bits said:
Good lad is old uncle Benn. Hope he gets better soon. He's one of the few politicians for whom I have a great deal of respect, even if I don't always agree with him.
Hear Hear. Despite the fact that every utterance the bloke makes (Especially on Iraq) sends my blood presser through the roof. He is of that rare breed of politician that actually stands up for what he believes rather than a self serving rejects from the legal profession that litter the benches of both houses of the mother of democracy.
 
#16
FEASG said:
Bits said:
Good lad is old uncle Benn. Hope he gets better soon. He's one of the few politicians for whom I have a great deal of respect, even if I don't always agree with him.
Hear Hear. Despite the fact that every utterance the bloke makes (Especially on Iraq) sends my blood presser through the roof. He is of that rare breed of politician that actually stands up for what he believes rather than a self serving rejects from the legal profession that litter the benches of both houses of the mother of democracy.
Against this Titan, most other politicians are pathetic by comparison. Chin up, me old mucker and keep fighting the power
 
#17
Bits said:
Good lad is old uncle Benn. Hope he gets better soon. He's one of the few politicians for whom I have a great deal of respect, even if I don't always agree with him.
He's always followed his beliefs, and whatever you may think of them, he has been unswervingly loyal to them - in particular, his own understanding of democracy, which may have always been flawed, but has always been honest. OK, those beliefs tend towards the Leninist more than the Bevanite, Blairite or Thatcherite, but he has been uncompromising and loyal to them. His last major public shout in favour of real democracy (99ish?) really did impress me in spite of all my natural loathing of everything else he stood for.

I remember, as a youth in the 70's loathing all he said and stood for, but it's entirely possible that I didn't understand what he was saying.
 

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#18
frenchperson said:
Against this Titan, most other politicians are pathetic by comparison. Chin up, me old mucker and keep fighting the power
well you did it again F-P.....Titan?.......Feck AWF !

It's a terrible...I dunno.....post-Diana habit this.....as soon as someone croaks/is at death's door, everyone falls over themselves to say what a frightfully nice guy he/she was when they counted for anything....Tony Benn was a bloody menace to this country and thank Gawd he never got his deranged ,champagne Socialist fingers on any meaningful levers of power ......I suspect when he is safely planted the revelations about his direct involvement with the Soviet regime in the 70a and 80s will surface...but not before......I can distinctly remember vowing I would leave this green and pleasant land if the erstwhile born-with-a-silver-spoon-in-his-gob Viscount Stansgate ever became PM...because at that point I'd have known it really was all up with this country.....I loathed the twat and whilst I wouldn't wish him dead, I ain't going to shed any tears when he goes.....

Le Chevre
 
#19
My response to his being in hospital is NOT a post-Diana outpouring of shock, grief and 'Get Well Soon'ism.

I do not agree with the chap's political beliefs. I am, if anything, fundamentally opposed to them.

But I nontheless have a huge amount of respect for him as a man. I regard him as honest, a man of his word. There are precious few men in any walk of life of whom this could be said, let alone those who frequent the Palace of Westminster. My best wishes for his speedy recovery are extended from me to someone who has my respect, as an elder, as a gentleman, and as an honorable man of his word.

You would not find me extending the same courtesy to many other politicians in the same circumstances, but then there are very few other politicians who I would be pleased to meet, and maybe invite to engage in some interesting discourse over a cup of tea.
 
#20
Looks like Tony Benn is back in hospital though this time it is serious so they say, could I be the first to claim to want to dance/piss on his grave, and to say that he did more damage to the country than the Blessed Margret.

Others may disagree.
 

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