By Tony Benn

During this ultimate quantity of diaries, Tony Benn displays at the compensations and the negative aspects of outdated age.

With the help of a small circle of neighbors and his , he keeps his actions on behalf of social justice, peace and responsibility in public lifestyles, to a historical past of political switch and the foreign monetary crisis.

Following an disease in 2009 the diaries, saved for over sixty years, stop. released the following along those final diaries are Tony Benn's hugely own insights into the demanding situations of outdated age and failing future health, of widowhood,and of relocating out of the family members domestic after sixty years.

Finally, we percentage in Tony Benn's hopes for the long run in response to his years of expertise and his normal optimism.

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As if he were not also a part of the commonwealth, and the head of the whole people. L e t us therefore deal plainly. T h e magistrate is afraid of other churches, but not of his own ; because he is kind and favourable t o the one, but severe and cruel t o the other. These he treats like children, and indulges them even to wantonness. Those he uses as slaves; and how blamelessly soever they demean themselves, recoinpenses them no otherwise than by galleys, prisons, confiscations, and death. These he cherishes and defends : those he continually scourges and oppresses.

The establishment of this one thing would take away all ground of complaints and tumults upon account of conscience. And these causes of discontents and animosities being once removed, there would remain nothiug in these assemblies that were not more peaceable, and less apt to produce disturbance of state, than in any other meetings whatsoever. But let us examine particularly the heads of these accusations. " I answer: if tbis be so, why are there daily such numerous meetings in markets, and courts ofjudicature?

Cither in life or estate. And thus what may be spent on a feast may be spent on a sacrifice. But if; peradventure, such were the state of things, that the interest of the commonwealth required all slaughter of beasts should be forborn for some while, in order t o the increasing of the stock of cattle, that had been destroyed by some extraordinary murrain ; who sees not that the magistrate, in such a case, may forbid all his subjects to kill any calves for any use whatsoever? Only it is to be observed, that in this case the law is not made about a religious.

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