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10 of the best Tony Benn quotes - as picked by our readers

1) “If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.”<p>Tony Benn was interviewed in Sicko, Michael Moore’s documentary film about the health industry in the US. Explaining the post-war creation of the welfare state, he said the popular mood of the 1945 election was: “If …

Centuries-old frozen plants revived

Glacier retreat has markedly accelerated in the period since 2004 - and many new species lie beneath<p><b>Plants that were frozen during the "Little Ice Age" centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth, scientists say.</b><p>Samples of 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes have flourished under …

Global Warming

Opinion polls yadda yadda. OR “Does Nate Silver mean nothing to you? Did he write in vain?”

Two new polls last night: the daily YouGov tracker and the first post-local elections poll from Survation. The spread is interesting:<p><b>Labour:</b> 35% …

Liberal Democrats

Music to their ears: Hundreds queue for vinyl records in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Vinyl-hungry music lovers queued overnight and round the block in Manchester's Northern Quarter as part of Record Store Day.<p>Hundreds of music fans …

Gun control reform: all but three 'no' senators received pro-gun cash

All but three of the 45 senators who torpedoed gun control measures in Congress on Wednesday have received money from firearms lobbyists, according …

China, exasperated with North Korea’s lunatic provocations, is a calming influence and is tacitly co-operating with America on easing tensions. Certainly, China looks as if it is applying pressure. It seems to hold the North’s jejune despot, Kim Jong Un, in even lower esteem than it did his predecessor and father, Kim Jong Il http://econ.st/12SG5He

Ed Miliband is thinking about government, not just the next election

The recent mini-revolt of Blairite grandees is about much more than the outcome of the next election. It's a rearguard to defend an entire way of …

Comment: The conspiracy to privatise the NHS

You can usually dismiss Labour's hype pretty easily. If opposition is conducted in poetry and government in prose, then Ed Miliband's is of the …

Guardian front page, Thursday 18 April: 'Lying here, she is one of us' Jonathan Freedland on Thatcher's funeral - "The ceremony that hushed central London yesterday morning was a farewell to Margaret Thatcher - but also to the 1980s." http://gu.com/p/3f86z/tw