Tony Benn broke down in tears at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 14th, 2008 as he recalled the late Bobby Sands, the republican MP and Officer Commanding IRA political prisoners H-Blocks  who died while on hunger strike in the Long Kesh prison, Belfast, in 1981. “Our revenge, Bobby Sands said, will be the laughter of our children,” he said, as tears began to stream down his cheeks. “I’m sorry, but it moves me greatly.”