V for Vendetta

V: People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

V’s Televised Speech from youTube.

Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologise for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine – the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.

There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.

And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?

Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission.

How did this happen? Who’s to blame?

Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease.

There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler.

He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten.

More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives.

So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.


2 thoughts on “V for Vendetta

  1. There’s always a fine line between “if they don’t like the way we do things in this country then they can go back to their own” and the whole democratic process.

    While we may not agree with what these people are shouting, in a free and democratic society we have to consider their right to free speech as much as the next man`s right to free speech.

    From a personal point of view, we support the efforts of our troops and intellectually we know that they are probably presented with situations which we can only comment upon and unless we are willing to sign up and experience it first hand, we can only offer armchair support.

    Let it be said though that this freedom and right to free speech must extend to all equally so the removal of things like Speakers Corner and the concrete blocks placed in Parliament Square to hamper lawful protests are basic freedoms that have been removed from the people of this country unlawfully.

    This trend continues unabated with CCTV camera’s invading and monitoring every more we make “for our own safety” – this is the trend that must cease.

    The previous government imposed so much legislation that it is difficult to think of a situation in which one will not find oneself at odds with the law.

    The current government is doing nothing to repeal those laws and the diluted efforts of the Protection of Freedoms Bill are simply not enough to restore what is rightfully ours so rather than being a “new dawn for privacy” it is simply paying lip service to the rightful concerns of law abiding free thinking men and women of this land.

    DEMOCRACY = FREEDOM OF SPEECH … you may not like it but there it is.

    The judge said `the remarks were insulting and defamatory; this is not free speech.`
    If I, or you, `diogeneseassociates`, had been there and shouted`f*****g wogs` at these sub-human enemies of society, WE are the ones who would be arrested & punished.
    Put your `democracy =free speech` tenets to THAT.
    Also, you complain about CCTV cameras, they are there to protect the innocent by catching criminals.
    There is a certain area of a certain town, where the `locals` (ha!) complained the presence of the cameras upset their `religion`!
    And the police had them removed…..
    This area, if you want to visit it, has notices on the very lampposts the cameras were fitted saying `NO WHITES AFTER 6 P.M.`
    Nothing was done about that…
    `Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad-; and we must be mad`, Enoch Powell said.
    I hope the same insulted soldiers lead the forthcoming military coup.

    • Thanks for taking the time to respond.

      There are no arguments from us about anything you say and you’re right that there is inequity and bias against the indiginous people of this country and certainly something should be done about the situation but in upholding democracy we can’t allow ourselves to pick and choose those situations that suit us – this is exactly what the government, the courts and all those so-called “in power” get up to.

      We can’t allow ourselves to lose sight of what free speech means – yes, it should be for everyone and not those who are protected by whatever religious morals they choose to hide behind while at the same time creaming the very society they are denouncing. In our society everyone should have a voice and to stop anyone’s voice (even if you don’t like what you hear) is facism and if you allow anyone’s voice to be silenced then you open the door for everyone’s voice to be silenced.

      When the BNP were in the press during the last election and won some seats – it doesn’t matter whether you agree with what they are saying or not – the issue (for us anyway) was the way the “anti facist” campaigners were behaving. It was a clear example of facist anti-facism at it’s worse – they were trying to make a point (fair enough) but they wanted to make their point at the expense of everyone else’s point of view which makes them exactly like those they are opposing – which one is right? It can’t be right only because it is something you agree with and wrong because you don’t – it’s a slippery slope.

      It’s not easy for any of us to sit back and watch this country be taken over – actually, it’s being handed over on a silver platter but you can’t adopt the attitudes of the government lest you become the same as they are and lose all credibility.

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