Blair to go on trial for war crimes – Drama

The television screens of England, it seems, are soon to be awash with political docu-dramas

Robert Lindsay, who played the prime minister in its satire of the David Blunkett affair A Very Social Secretary, will reprise his role for The Trial of Tony Blair. Also written by Alistair Beaton, the political satire imagines a future in which Gordon Brown is in No 10 and Mr Blair is put on trial for war crimes.

I’ll leave aside, for now, cracks about how some impressionable young prosecutor might try to emulate the movie and ruin an upstanding Prime Minister’s life by putting him on trial.

Because, actually, I’m quite looking forward to this show.  The cynic in me thinks there will be one of two endings:

  • He’ll be found guilty.
  • The programme will demonstrate conclusively that he is guilty, but he’ll get off on a technicality.

I hope, though, that Beaton takes the more challenging route of having the court exonerate Tony Blair.  Not necessarily because I believe he is innocent (or that he is guilty, for that matter), but because I think it would make for a more challenging and thought-provoking piece of television.

Stupid people don’t understand that drama is not real

British tv channel More 4’s new drama “Death of a President” has stirred up a controversy among the stupid peoplein our society.

The programme uses computer effects to portray an assassination of current US President, George W Bush during an anti-war rally in Chicago (althought what he’s doing at an anti-war rally is anyone’s guess).

And the reactions from the stupid? Well, try this for starters:

John Beyer, of TV watchdog MediaWatch, said it was irresponsible.

He said it could even trigger a real assassination attempt and told the Daily Mirror: “There’s a lot of feeling against President Bush and this may well put ideas into people’s heads.”

Yes, apparently there are people out there who are so suggestible that a tv drama will induce them to assassinate the President. 

(Update: Mediawatchwatch (!) spots Beyer’s even better follow up, which the BBC didn’t think to include in its report: “If something happens as a consequence of this film, then blood is on their hands.”  Priceless).

The Republican Party’s response wasn’t all that much more rational:

Spokesman Gretchen Essell said: “I cannot support a video that would dramatise the assassination of our president, real or imagined.”

“The greater reality is that terrorism still exists in our world. It is obvious that the war on terror is not over.

She added: “I find this shocking, I find it disturbing. I don’t know if there are many people in America who would want to watch something like that.”

And we all remember how badly Harrison Ford’s President in peril flick Air Force One flopped, don’t we?

Frankly, the only sensible response I heard came from the White House itsef = they refused to comment on the film.

I wonder how long before Michelle Malkin picks up on this story?

Concerns grow that cow civil war imminent

Earlier this week, I brought you the alarming news that cows had armed themselves, to fight for bovine freedom.

Today, from my home county of Somerset, comes the alarming news that cows are developing their own unique regional accents:

Farmer Lloyd Green of Glastonbury, one of the West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers, said: “I spend a lot of time with my ones and they definitely moo with a Somerset drawl.

Clearly this demonstrates that cows are on the verge of developing identity politics. The outcome is now certain – the once unified cow camp will rapidly descend into inter-bovine conflict, the horrors of which we can scarcely imagine.


Art: Sit naked and hug a dead pig for four hours

Is it art, or is it a woman hugging a dead pig for publicity:

Kira O’Reilly will provide her own answer today by spending four hours naked, hugging a dead pig – at the taxpayer’s expense.

The controversial Irish performance artist will invite one person at a time to watch her sit in a specially-constructed set and perform a ‘crushing slow dance’ with the carcass in her arms.

She claims the bizarre exhibition is an attempt to ‘identify’ with the pig, which she cuts with a knife during the show.

I tend towards thinking it’s all about the self-publicity myself.  But then I’m somewhat cynical.
Steve at Outside the Beltway seems to think much the same.  He has, however, put his thinking cap on and come up with a suggestion as to how Kira could really learn how to identifying with the dead pig:

My first thought upon reading that was, “Wouldn’t she identify better with the pig if she were butchered in a similar manner?” Now that would be an example of one willing to go the distance for one’s art.

I can’t fault the logic of Steve’s suggestion.

Personally, though, I’d prefer if she tried to identify with a live pig.  Perhaps she could visit a petting farm.

America – the World’s policeman

I watched Flightplan, the Jodie Foster film from a couple of years ago, on DVD last night.  It was quite entertaining stuff, although filled with a few plotholes that really were big enough to fly a jumbo jet through.

But the howler that amused me most was the film’s portrayal of the FBI.

I don’t think it’s giving too much of the plot away to reveal that, at one point in the film, the plane lands in Newfoundland, Canada.  There’s an airport there, because the first place where flights from Europe to the US fly over continental North America.

Anyway, the plane lands on Canadian soil and is at once surrounded by… FBI agents.  Who then go on to reveal that agents in their ‘Berlin office’ have arrested someone.

America – the world’s policeman.

The cat came back

I’ve seen that everyone elses blog has YouTube videos embedded, and I want to get on the bandwagon.

So, by way of a test, I thought I’d try and embed a copy of my favourite cartoon ever – The Cat Came Back.

If it worked, well…enjoy! If it didn’t, well… I’ll keep trying.