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Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Queen

I have just come back from watching the film 'The Queen'. It was a fairly insightful recap of the tragic event of Diana's death in 1997 and its aftermath. I thought that the analogy with the stag was a bit laboured, Diana the Huntress becoming the hunted etc, but otherwise it seemed to be spot on. Helen Mirren was remarkable as the Queen, whilst Michael Sheen once more, produced a fairly accurate portrayal of the younger Tony Blair.

My favourite line, which was clearly put in with a subsequent knowledge of events, came about three quarters of the way through the film. Tony Blair is in a room with his advisors and once more trying to sort out a crisis involving the Royal Family. As he moves to leave the room the phone rings. An aide answers it and tells the Prime Minister that it is Gordon phoning for him. Tony expresses exasperation. "Tell him to hang on," he says, and walks out of the room.

Nine years later and Gordon is still hanging on.
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