Half In Half Out – Edited by Lord Adonis

Edward Heath led the Conservatives in the 1970s

This book is basically a polemic.  Its thesis is simple.  Britain has failed to make the most of its relationship with the rest of the European Union because from the very start it has underestimated the resolve of the other members to make the project work.  Consequently the various initiatives and developments over the years have been met with lukewarm approval at best.  Britain has been content to snipe from sidelines in the belief that whatever was being proposed was going to fail anyway.  Why get worked up about things that are never going to happen?  So we end up outside some of the most beneficial aspects of the project.  We don’t enjoy the stability of the single currency.  We opt out of some of the social protections.  We don’t even save ourselves some bother by joining the passport free zone.

Nothing that simple is every literally true of course.  

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V for Vendetta


I got in some beers and a pizza last Saturday night and stayed in to watch a DVD with my son – V for Vendetta. This was released in 2005, directed by James McTeigue and starring Hugo Weaving (masked throughout), Natalie Portman, John Hurt and Stephen Fry.

It is a good film, keeping you interested throughout and with good special effects and some very good actors performing very well. Although it is a cult film it has a very Hollywood feel to it with lots of action, a bit of love interest and building up to a satisfying ending with good basically triumphing over evil. Continue reading