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Friday, 09 March 2018


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soon British troops over-ran the rocket sites so no decision was required, much to the relief of most of those involved.

Temporary relief, surely. V1, V2, EU.

Do we still have any anthrax in stock?

Whyaxye, you owe me a screen cleaning! I am a very bad boy for laughing, and dammit! It only encourages you.

From Talking Pictures TV, a film channel, I came across the films of Humphrey Jennings. Mainly propaganda films made during the war but of exceptional quality. I bought a set of three DVDs, amongst which was The Eighty Days, all about the V1. After this gap in time one can set aside the propaganda element but the glimpses of how people lived and coped with the threat is fascinating.

“The House will forgive me for quoting five democratic questions that I have developed during my life. If one meets a powerful person--Rupert Murdoch, perhaps, or Joe Stalin or Hitler--one can ask five questions: what power do you have; where did you get it; in whose interests do you exercise it; to whom are you accountable; and, how can we get rid of you? Anyone who cannot answer the last of those questions does not live in a democratic system.”

Tony Benn Commons Hansard [16 Nov 1998: Column 685] Volume 319 Debate on: European Parliamentary Elections Bill.

Tony Benn was generally barking but on this he was spot on. Sadly his son is a bit of a wally and a fervent Remainer. (Now who does that remind me of?)

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