This 5th of November we see the film V for Vendetta being shown on BBC2.
It is somewhat ironic that the very broadcaster showing the film is the one on which the fictional ‘BTN’ in the film is modelled upon.
The parallels between the fiction of V and the reality we see today are striking. Both have a political elite that does as it pleases and operates beyond the constraints of democratic accountability.
In V the government controls the population through fear, making the population dependent upon the politicians. Today in real life we have the politicians doing the same thing, as they seek to give the impression of tackling an international economic meltdown fuelled by their corporatist agenda. As the populations of many countries turn on their political class, attention suddenly switches to Iran.
The permissive approach to Tehran’s nuclear ambitions of recent years – the lame jaw-jaw, carrot and bigger carrot ‘diplomacy’ – is suddenly being replaced with tough talk and the threat of war… years too late and only after Iran’s programme has been given plenty of breathing space to develop. But now the political class needs a crisis to hang its hat on, to convince the people we are all at imminent risk and that without our ‘leaders’ we are doomed.
V ends with a scornful population taking back power. How long will it be before the people in the western ‘democracies’ come to terms with the necessity of this solution and act to take back power in real life?