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Crines Andrew S. and Hayton Richard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089800

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089800.001.0001

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The oratory of Tony Benn

The oratory of Tony Benn

(p.110) 7 The oratory of Tony Benn
Labour orators from Bevan to Miliband

Mark Garnett

Manchester University Press

Early in his career, Benn was regarded as a ‘technocrat’ rather than an ideologue. Using evidence drawn from speeches in and out of parliament over the course of Benn’s career, this chapter considers whether the change in Benn’s political outlook was accompanied by an adaptation of his oratorical style, or whether he should be regarded in his years of notoriety as a strange hybrid – a thorough-going radical with a mode of delivery more characteristic of a moderate. Benn’s religious beliefs are among the factors which are considered as influences on both the style and content of his speeches.

Keywords:   Benn, media, radical socialism, division, Foot

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