The Power And The Glory!


Watched an American Civil War film recently, and my comments were, to say the least, unfavourable!  Howver, all is not lost, because I can report that having purchased and watched the sequel, Gettysburg, I was rewarded with an engrossing, spectacular and historically-factual account of the pivotal battle of that tragic campaign.

As far as I am aware, the film  Gettysburg was made for television, and did not have a general film release, but may be wrong on that point. If it was not released, the film audience were denied a look into the very minds of the men behind the decisions which set the antagonists’ course towards the final defeat and victory.

We were told that religious belief played a great part behind the movements and actions of the great Southern strategist, but those beliefs were not hammered into our skulls, as within ‘Gods and Generals’! More emphasis was placed on how they reacted to events, and the reasons behind those reactions, gave  Gettysburg a ring of truth which of course was born within the fantastic ‘Killer Angels’, the novel upon which the film was based!

The leading characters were pared right back in numbers, but the result, which targeted the Southern leaders General Robert E. Lee, General James Longstreet and from the North, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine Infantry was gratifying to say the least! The true pathos of the War was brought out in the short scenes with General Lew Armistead lamenting the fact he might have to fight his long-term friend General Hancock of the Northern Army.

The sweep of the movie was grand in design and execution, as could be read by the large number of Re’Enactment’ volunteers used during the filming of the final suicidal battle scenes of ‘Pickett’s Charge’ across an open mile against the Union defences. 

Gettysburg is worthy of the Five Pounds charged by Amazon for sale of this superb DVD, and it was, in retrospect, the best value I have received for sheer entertainment in a very long time!

Just press the needle into your vein!

Listening to a debate on  the merits of legislating for ‘Assisted Suicide’, and the one thing which is maybe patently obvious to me, possibly because I prefer to speak straight and not behind three curtains, is that the people who are pushing for a ‘Clarification’ are the ones who shouldn’t be listened to! I dismiss those such as Patricia Hewitt, partly because she was and is such a bad politician that her insincerity reeks, but also because she wants to get her name up in lights, instead of being remembered as the worst Health Secretary in living memory!  I also dismiss the calls of the relatives of those who wish to die, such as Debbie Purdy,  who face the possibility of prosecution upon their return to Great Britain, and her recent Appeal court case to clarify the law ended in failure.

This failure is to be applauded, because the law, as it stands, also allows for considerable leeway in how the authorities, in this case the director of Public Prosecutions, can proceed to either take action or to ignore, such activities as the relatives have undertaken in order to help their loved one die. To push for a ‘clarification’ is to remove this ‘leeway’ and I firmly believe that those people who are actually pushing are the ones with an ‘Agenda’. 

Don’t the protestors realise that not everyone has such clear and gentle motives as they? Is it not a possibility that greedy relatives could manipulate a dying reletive to die earlier to their financial advantage?  

No, the law is fine as it stands, and the siren voices for change must be resisted. The House of Lords has seen three Bills on this crash, there should not be another in the House of Commons, because that way, perhaps a long way down a twisty legal track, lies EUTHANASIA!