Never mind Margaret Thatcher – let’s demand Tony Benn Day!

This is going to be a massively controversial idea, if it gets mass support, and so much the better if it is. Democracy needs to be reinvigorated, and this seems to be an excellent way of promoting a genuine, public discussion and debate about the values Benn held dear – democracy, Socialism and the empowerment of ordinary working men and women. Oh yes, and really, really annoying Fleet Street. Thatcher stood only for the rich and powerful against the poor. Benn stood for much, much more, and for the values he represented is far more deserving of a holiday in his honour.

Vox Political

Immortalised: The late Tony Benn with a statue of himself that stands at Bristol City Council's headquarters. He represented Bristol South East in Parliament for 30 years. Immortalised: The late Tony Benn with a statue of himself that stands at Bristol City Council’s headquarters. He represented Bristol South East in Parliament for 30 years.

Would you support a plan to rename the August Bank Holiday ‘Tony Benn Day’, in honour of the great socialist who passed away last week?

It’s probably the last thing he would have wanted, but Mr Benn is far more deserving of the honour than some – Conservatives wanted a ‘Margaret Thatcher Day’ after the death of their iconic former Prime Minister but the idea was dropped after only 13 per cent of the public said they would support it.

Supporters of ‘Thatcher Day’ said she had been a great force for the UK.

Against that, let’s set these words of Michael Meacher MP, on Mr Benn: “Through his passion for democracy, transparency and accountability, he wanted to build up the…

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