Flash Back (Official Secrets)

We flew to and from Mexico recently, maxing out on a stash of films.

One, Official Secrets, an excellent Keira Knightly vehicle, portraying Katherine Gun and her struggle with her conscience, her country and the official secrets act.

It revealed/portrayed the national shame and the the national scandal of Tony Blair and government lying to the public and committing the nation’s young men and

women, to say nothing of innocent Iraqis, to depraved years of illegal war with rendition, Guantanamo Bay (agh don’t) and the dropping of the case because it would reveal the lie.

One of the lawyers advising Katherine Gun was Shami Chakrabarti then head of Liberty, now a baroness. It felt strange to see her fictionalised. I met her at a writing retreat at Gladstone’s library is my claim, before I’d looked at her CV online, before reading On Liberty, before Jeremy Corbin recognised her worth. She was forever at his side in those horrible parliamentary debates. It felt one of those six degrees of separation moments, a blend of coincidence and a minor brush with greatness.

Official Secrets was not funny. It points out the vindictiveness of our government with regard to deportation and legislation that makes challenging official secrets an impossibility – however wrong, illegal, unprincipled those imposing the secrecy, A neat piece of story telling that lost out perhaps in the oscars to Parasite, also thought provoking but darkly funny.

Can’t imagine how Katherine Gun felt about the film.

Droning on

Getting to know drones.
Occasionally, following up a ‘like’ on a blog spot reveals something truly iniquitous, that really should make everyone’s conscience shout out loud.

One such from an American blog has finally made my blood boil whereas hearing of the execution by drone of two British Muslims in Syria on the news, to my shame, merely made me uneasy for days.

A quiet American is raising funds and awareness by posting advertisements urging those who actually deliver drones from America to anywhere America fancies delivering them, to refuse. He urges them to go with their soul and defy the military and the government who are hell bent and possibly hell bound for their collusion. Even if it means prison. Those who deliver the drones suffer post traumatic stress. They soon know that a drone, however accurate will annihilate everyone and everything around it and their job is murder not vital in the fight against terrorism. Collateral damage is the new lie.

Now it seems that Britain is sending us to hell too.

Look for the Know Drones Appeal. Bombard your MP!
How dare our government destroy law, justice, peace and decency,in our name, things we have believed in and entrusted to them.