U for Understanding, V for Vendetta, W for Wishful Thinking

“People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people.”

Er… no.

I have a soft spot for the film “V for Vendetta”, it’s really stylish and effective, a good movie, often sniffed at I think, because it isn’t as good as the graphic novel.  Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s classic was translated by the Wachowski Brothers (sic) is something of an updated version.  After all, we’ve moved on from Thatcherism: so, whereas Maggie wouldn’t sell the Royal Mail, Cameron did, and… well, read up about various modern abuses of power regarding political reporting and anti-fracking demo measures.

The film has a few odd Americanisms.  I think Natalie Portman is excellent by the way, very plum voiced, and fine.  There are bowls of peanuts on the bar in British pubs, but clearly living under a fascist state would change the cuisine.  V and then Stephen Fry serves ‘eggy in the basket’, which is what?  Fried egg on fried toast, but you throw the middle away and only keep the crusts!?!  Obviously not a dish created in the land of the little cucumber triangles.  But V and Stephen Fry’s character probably had an American aunt or again fascism banned all programmes, except some weird cookery competition.

However, the real Americanism is the concept, stated by V, that “people should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people.”

That’s basic Second Amendment nonsense: the United States was born in revolution, fighting free of those heinous bastards from over the pond.  You know, we Brits, who had the temerity to tax tea.  This, coupled with the frontier spirit of a man doing what a man’s got to do with his ‘peacemaker’ led to an enshrined basic distrust of government.  Ever since the declaration of independence, the American people have been fighting a cold war with themselves.

The people should not be afraid of their governments, certainly, and the government should not be afraid of their people.  We should be in it together, respecting our laws makers as they respect everyone’s rights.  Sadly, we have a government full of those more interested feeding their personal greed than anything else.  Not so much Orwell’s boot stamping on a human face – forever, but a deluge of bills for everything from water, reading ebooks, health and bailing out bankers whose bets for their own wallets went sour.

You know, I have a novel I could rewrite with this in mind.  If only I could think of a good title for it.


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