Tony Benn once said there were five questions to ask people in power which indicated what kind of democracy was in operation.
Benn was a British Labour politician. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1950. After his father died in 1960, Benn became a hereditary peer, Viscount Stansgate, and lost his right to sit in the Commons. He fought to renounce his peerage, returned to the Commons in 1963 and served as a minister in the governments of Harold Wilson. He remained in parliament until 2001 and died in 2014 at the age of 88.