Tony Benn’s Funeral in Pictures

The BBC barely bothered to cover the funeral of Tony Benn, who passed away a couple of weeks ago. They were more than happy to fawn over Thatcher when she died and allowed Tory commentators to repeat their altered version of history unchallenged. Therefore, it’s up to us at Nowhere Towers to provide some photographs of the occasion.

Here’s the hearse nearing the end of its short journey from the Palace of Westminster to St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey.

Arrival and banners

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Some pictures of banners.

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Some mourners at outside Westminster Abbey

Blurry shot of Westminster Abbey

An LBC hack finds a suitable spot to put a Tory spin on the funeral story.

LBC hack

Meanwhile Old Etonian James Landale of the BBC looks lost after conducting a couple of vox pop interviews. He’d shoved past me earlier.

Landale (Benn funeral)

The final procession.

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This is a slightly better shot.

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Here we have Peter Hain MP and John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons, and his wife Sally *innocent face*. John Bercow is chatting to a woman in a wheelchair.

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Admittedly I didn’t take the best position to get the best images but today wasn’t about that. Today was about remembering the man who should have been Labour leader and Prime Minister. RIP Tony Benn, a man who was an inspiration to many and a fighter for democracy.

 

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4 responses to “Tony Benn’s Funeral in Pictures

  1. Gregg Hill

    He was given a Christian burial? I thought that he was an atheist. Then again maybe like Orwell he liked the ritual. BTW I have a segment from his interview with Michael Moore in “Sicko” on my smartphone. Great words about democracy.

    • Benn came from a family of religious non-conformists and was part of a tradition of English dissenting radicals. He was essentially a Christian Socialist who discovered Marx and syndicalism in his middle years. Christian Socialism is an alien concept to many Americans but the Pledge of Allegiance was actually written by such a person. Francis Bellamy’s name is all but forgotten. Indeed, the very idea that a socialist could be responsible for writing the Pledge is anathema to many Americans. That Moore interview was classic Benn.

  2. beastrabban

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Some great photos of the funeral of one of the few genuinely inspirational politicians of the late 20th and early 21st century. We are diminished by his passing.

  3. Reblogged this on Vox Political and commented:
    Some commenters have tried to rebuke me for suggesting that the BBC’s coverage of Tony Benn’s funeral was less than exhaustive; too bad.
    Here’s some photographic coverage from GD’s Cat – along with another comment on the quality of BBC coverage.

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