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The Vanishing Blackboard, Fade to Black



Tony Benn

“I used my blackboard to list a few key questions we should all ask.”

Ask the powerful five questions:

  1. What power have you got?
  2. Where did you get it from?
  3. In whose interests do you exercise it?
  4. To whom are you accountable?
  5. How can we get rid of you?

Only democracy gives us that right.

That is why no-one with power likes democracy.

And that is why every generation must struggle to win it and keep it — including you and me, here and now.

Tony Benn



Glenda Jackson MP
Actress and politician

“For me one of the most heartbreaking responses I get campaigning is when a woman will say, ‘Oh, I never vote.’ Women died to give us this right. Obviously I’d like all women to vote Labour, but even more importantly, whomsoever you select, vote, vote, vote.”

Women + Suffragists + Courage + Struggle + Determination = Right to Vote

Use it, don’t lose it.

Global Warming


Jon Snow
Journalist and broadcaster
Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University

“One is tempted in 2005 to consider Africa as our first responsibility – certainly it is my first love – but then if our global environment fails, what of Africa, what of us?”

Jon Snow’s blackboard is a recently-acquired object in the collection of the Museum. Such blackboard globes would have been used in 20th-century geography classrooms.

Global warming — our gravest responsibility.

[Source: University of Oxford – Museum of the History of Science: Bye bye blackboard …. from Einstein and others]

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Written by cthulhu

June 17, 2007 at 6:19 pm

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