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Thursday, September 29th, 2005

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More on heckling
The man ejected from the Labour Party conference yesterday by hired bouncers several times his size is apparently going to be readmitted to conference if he promises not to heckle again.

People who have lied to the public over decisions that have cost thousands of lives are so cowardly that they cannot take even the most trifling of calling to account. People who claim to be certain that they did the right thing can only cope with their consciences by stifling voices of dissent.

Several ministers in the Blair government were, in their time, elected officers or employees of Liberty. I call on Harriet Harman, Patricia Hewitt and Fiona McTaggart to dissociate themselves from this disgraceful attack on freedom of speech.
I am feeling very smug as a result of what I picked up from various reactions to Episode 2.1 of 'Veronica Mars'.
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Meanwhile, another review for those who like to see these things.
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Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons were quite good and affecting as Elizabeth and Leicester - some of Elizabeth's big speeches would have been far better, though, without intrusive underscoring. Great words do not always need music: I was listening to an interview with Gabriel Yared the other week where he made precisely this point and complained that Hollywood always want him to stick music in in inappropriate places. His reluctance to do this is apparently part of the reason why he was sacked from 'Troy'.

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