The last time that Tony [Benn] and I [John Nichols] appeared together at a public event—a symposium in London put on by Britain’s brilliant Campaign for Press and Broadcast Freedom that recalled his famous declaration that “broadcasting is really too important to be left to the broadcasters”—he reminded me of his belief that those in positions of economic, social and political power should always be asked five questions:

“What power have you got?”

“Where did you get it from?”

“In whose interests do you use it?”

“To whom are you accountable?”

“How do we get rid of you?”


3 thoughts on “Tony Benn and the Five Essential Questions of Democracy

  1. Robert,
    Didn’t realize John Nichols spent time with Mr. Benn. Didn’t realize that Mr. Benn sat down with Mahatma Gandhi as a child. Five questions that go straight to the heart of democracy. Tony Benn’s view that removing the word protest and replacing it with demand is equally worthy of remembering.

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