21/11/2016 Newsnight


Who is Francois Fillon? The latest on the Japanese tsunami. Trump's conflicts of interest. The latest on the child abuse inquiry. Is Tony Blair to return? And Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Tonight, 2016 strikes again - we've torn up the political script -


as a late entry - Francois Fillon - rewrites politics in France.


Who is this former President - and how would he fare


Can his anglophile views help us do better on Brexit.


We ask one of France's most distinguished broadcasters


Can the independent inquiry into child abuse regain


the faith of victims - or is it beyond repair?


We have got to the stage now, down the line where it has crumbled.


There is no other word for it, it has crumbled.


Business, or pleasure - or politics - its so hard


Donald Trump is welcome figures from around the world -


but is he starting to merge the interests of the


We'll talk to George W Bush's ethics adviser.


And, why was actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt warned off playing


Just like what you're saying, he is a controversial figure,


You have to think about the commercial


I don't think those people are wrong.


The man they used to call the Bling Bling President is bowing


out of French politics with barely a whimper.


Nicholas Sarkozy, former French President, came


a distant third in a race he was expected to win.


But this is 2016, don't forget, the year where we take any political


So it is Francois Fillon, another former President,


a man who likes driving racing cars, who has become the firm favourite


to lead the centre right into the Spring election


for an expected showdown with the National Front's Marine Le Pen.


Francois Fillon, an economic liberal and social conservative,


He's said he will cut public sector jobs and rein in


But his success last night may owe as much to tactical voting


and a loathing of Sarkozy as anything he has done yet.


So is it too early to ask what Fillon would mean for France


and indeed for the UK as we head towards Brexit?


Here's Our diplomatic editor Mark Urban.


Francois Fillon had his revenge and it must have been sweet. The man in


the driving seat of politics is an amateur motor driver. He fell victim


to snide briefings by his boss and last night, he knocked Nicolas


Sarkozy out of the primary race the leadership of the Centre right. And


he pulled ahead of the other candidate by 12 points. I think the


people who voted for Francois Fillon during the primary yesterday, did it


specially to kick out Nicolas Sarkozy, which is done. Now that we


have kicked out Nicolas Sarkozy from the race, I think the people will


check more carefully, the programme. The winner will face off against


Marine Le Pen and after Donald Trump's victory, she seems to be the


one to beat. She is more Eurosceptic, but Fillon's politics


appeal to many on the right. Religion is central to Francois


Fillon on's worldview. A Catholic, he has championed the cause of


oppressed Christians in the Middle East and it is central to his views


on questions from abortion to gay rights, or the place of Islam in


French society. TRANSLATION: This means a policy will have to be put


in place, a policy I call administrative control to steer


Muslim communities progressively towards acceptance of the rules


which are those of our country. The Fillon platform, with its emphasis


on bringing French Muslims into line, such as delicate feelings


given the recent terror attacks. But his supporters argue, that is no


argument. The French are fed up by this kind of drifting away of


cultural differences. I think this is a major danger. Fillon is well


aware of this danger and this is why also he wants to make it clear. It


is through that prism a global war against extreme Islam that Fillon


favours reconciliation with President Putin. TRANSLATION: There


has to be a coalition with the Russians. I find it a bit rich that


taking a counter-productive attitude we have over Russia, we will


reconcile over our heads. It is time to change that policy. Reform of the


French economy forms the other main plank of Fillon's platform. There is


talk of drastic slimming down of the public sector. Given how contentious


the reform of working hours and retirement age has already proven in


France, this won't be an easy sell. It is very close to Margaret


Thatcher programme. The people surfing on this wave will not be any


better off with a centrist party. We may have some division and the


centrist party will not support Francois Fillon because of this


Christian, Margaret Thatcher programme. It is way too white ring.


His driving passion has already got him a guest appearance of trans-'s


version of top gay. If it puts him into pole position to challenge


Marine Le Pen, French voters might have a choice between right and far


right. Joining me now from Paris


is the journalist Christine Ockrent. We had a little bit about his


policies, perhaps his ideologies, but perhaps you can give us a


flavour of the man himself, and Anglophile, a Welsh arrive, how


would you characterise him? Francois Fillon is a calm guy. He was Nicolas


Sarkozy's Prime Minister for five years. But indeed, he has been a


constant, low key figure in French conservative politics for ages. He


has been an MP since he was 24. So he's very much the political


establishment, but I think at the same time his remarkable performance


yesterday has to do with his consistency. And given the extreme


weakness of the socialist President Francois Hollande on the one hand,


and the fierce hatred that opposed Nicolas Sarkozy for the primary, the


first round of the Conservative primary yesterday, I think Francois


Fillon impress voters with his very sort of calm, you know, I stick to


my programme attitude. It is true that his programme, as it was


pointed out earlier on, is a mix of extremely good conservative values,


as far as society is concerned. Education, he wants to ban the law


allowing same-sex people to adopt children, for instance. But also


very liberal, especially by French standards, very liberal thatch Aryan


views about the economy. I think that so far, people haven't looked


very close at his programme and that will be, actually the meat of the


very fierce competition. Throughout this week, opposing... Let me just


say, the words you have views, consistency, conservatism, don't


point to the same trends we are seen globally, people looking for the


risk of the outsider, somebody who surprises them. Is France bucking


the trend, or does that come next year? No, I don't agree with that


view completely. Fillon is very much an insider. He is not a populist.


What has happened in Europe, in the eastern part of Europe primarily,


but also with Brexit but also obviously in the US, is a wave of


populism. Fillon is the opposite of that. Fillon is an insider. He has


been an insider for years. It is much more overreaction from the


Conservative, Catholic very sort of serious minded liberal minded


people, as far as the economy is concerned, who feel they paying much


taxes, they feel business is being contrived. It is very different. The


Brits have a dog in this race, how do you think his views towards


Brexit will be influenced by his wife, by his love of Britain, as we


understand it? Do you think he is a good person for us? First of all,


his wife is Welsh, which I understand it, is something quite


specific. More seriously, I don't think frankly that Brexit is on


Francois Fillon's mind for the time being. He has never been a


Europhile, he voted against the Maastricht Treaty many years back.


But, he is very concerned about restoring very strong Franco German


alliance. That is not necessarily you know, meaning a very easy


flexible attitude towards Brexit. Can he beat Marine Le Pen, do you


believe? I believe he can. He is actually very bad news for Marine Le


Pen. Precisely because he is so conservative on social issues. He is


so much concerned in fact with French identity, which has been


Marine Le Pen's main argument so far. So I think as far as the French


far right is concerned, Francois Phil on, if he becomes the


Conservative candidate next Sunday and if he wins the first round of


our presidential elections at the end of next April, as Marine Le Pen


may well, they will be facing one another. I think he can win over


Marine Le Pen. Thank you very much, thanks for joining us.


As we came on air, a few moments ago Japan was on high alert


following an earthquake off the coast of Fukishima.


The preliminary magnitude was 7.3 but there is now a tsunami warning


in place for waves of up to ten feet.


Fukushima is home to the nucleasr power plant that was destroyed


by a tusnami five years ago after a major earthquake then.


We can cross live to Rupert Wingfield Hayes in Tokyo


What are you hearing? The tsunami alarms are still going off on the


coast of Fukishima, about 200 miles north of Tokyo. There was an


evacuation order called by the national broadcaster after the


earthquake struck at just after, just before 6am this morning local


time. Calling for people to leave the coast immediately. Since then,


we have seen a couple of waves coming but they have been much


smaller than expected. The highest wave to strike the coast so far,


just one metre, or around three feet, not the ten feet that was


predicted. It looks like this will not be anything on the scale of what


happened in 2011 of course. It is a strong earthquake, there is a


tsunami warning in place, but it looks to be that the people on the


coast are not going to be struck by a large disaster. Is it your sense


they are taking the evacuation measures seriously, or are they


staying put? It is hard to save from here what ordinary people are doing.


I think the response from the government and the national


broadcaster to call for people to evacuate immediately, is, if you


like, a response to what happened in 2011 when so many people ignore the


evacuation orders and ignored the alarms and were caught in their


homes and were killed when that massive wave came in. So now,


whenever there is an earthquake of this scale offshore, particularly of


the north-east coast of Japan, there tends to be a much quicker... We


have just lost Rupert, but he was speaking to us from Tokyo.


Last week was a torrid one for the independent inquiry


Newsnight revealed that yet another barrister


And the largest survivors' group involved in the inquiry


This week it faces more uncomfortable questions. Tonights


another senior lawyer who has ribs and a victims families in two Major


enquiries tells us that the child sexual abuse enquiry is crumbling.


Chilcot, MacPherson. Bloody Sunday. When major national enquiries to


eventually report they can deliver enduring change. But for the


independent inquiry into child sexual abuse a triumphant end feels


a long way away. Today at Westminster there were more calls


for the government to intervene. He has lost seven senior lawyers, three


cheers and several survivors groups and it is now impossible to see that


this inquiry is still effectively operating. This may be the last


chance that the Prime Minister and her Home Secretary had to rescue the


inquiry that she set up from collapse. It is essential that this


inquiry is an independent inquiry. The terms of reference of this


inquiry were shaped with the voices and the opinions of the victims and


it is very important that this independence is maintained. It was


high summer when the last decamped for a public hearing. That was


before all those departures. So what's gone wrong with the inquiry?


One theory goes that it has simply been asked to look at far too much.


But talk to some of those familiar with its workings and they will say


that is not the case, its goals are fairly well defined and in principle


it should be able to do its job. Instead they point to some other


very well documented issues around some of the key personalities in the


inquiry, issues they say have contributed to a sense of


dysfunction. We have got to stage now down the line where it has


crumbled. There is no other word for it, it has crumbled. What has gone


seriously wrong here is a dismal failure to consult with the


survivors groups from the beginning. About appointments. And about the


substantial of materials which have to be assembled. Secondly the actual


appointment of the cheer have been inappropriate, one after another.


Just how many mistakes can you make? And some of the groups are saying


have these mistakes he made on purpose? The current chair of the


inquiry suggest there might be a different agenda at place. Professor


Alexis Jay has spoken of forces that do not want dark institutional


failings brought into the light. Victims and survivors have to feel


they are coming to a safe place and thus far the inquiry is being


painted by these outside influences, sometimes aided and abetted by the


media, as being an unsafe place. I am in there every week and I don't


recognise it as an unsafe place. I see a lot of good people doing a lot


of hard work but there have been individuals that have come and gone


and clearly it was not the place for them to be. Inquiry will receive


more attention this week. The home affairs select committee has written


to a number of former lawyers in the inquiry asking for information and


their responses are due to be published. But Newsnight understands


that the inquiry has told those lawyers not to cooperate in any


meaningful way with the committee. Those who accuse the inquiry of the


lack of transparency are unlikely to be impressed. However it is


understood that one of those lawyers has sent a substantial reply


regardless. Newsnight has previously revealed how the inquiry scrapped


investigations into Ben Emmerson, its most senior lawyer despite being


told of an accusation of sexual assault in a left at the inquiry


offices, an accusation he strongly denies. To date the inquiry has


brushed off criticism of how it handled that claim by simply saying


we have never received an actual complaint. But it is understood this


is a subject that the man who once the inquiry second most senior


barrister addresses in his letter to MPs. As well as his role with the


inquiry he is an expert on how institutions should act when they


receive information on potential wrongdoing but received no official


complaint. It is understood Mr Davies is highly critical of the


handling of the disclosure. For some the inquiry us to have the survivors


on board to succeed. We get our assurances that it's going to be all


right on the night, well I am afraid I don't accept that, I would want to


get in and see how bad it is. It looks extremely bad from the outside


and I cannot see how ploughing on without the main actor, this is


Hamlet without Hamlet. The defenders of the inquiry say it is doing good


work. They point to the truth project for many survivors of abuse


have been recording your story. Let the inquiry get on with its job the


defenders say it but others have unanswered questions.


The oppulent gilded lobby of Trump Towers


of besuited visitors over the last few days.


Cabinet hopefuls, foreign leaders, business associates.


So seamlessly have they processed towards the President-elect,


it hasn't been entirely clear who's there for business


Donald Trump, we understand now, likes to do things differently.


He choses Twitter over press conferences, family council over


special advisors, his own hotels over buildings of state.


For anyone else, the business of presiding over America


would be a call to put all other interests aside.


Is the opacity, the blurring of lines just initial confusion


with an office maybe he himself never expected to win?


I'm joined now by Richard Painter, the White House lawyer who advised


President George W Bush on ethics in government.


Richard Painter a very nice to speak to you this evening, as an ethics


lawyer what do you see at the moment that you don't like? Well, the first


thing I have to say is that the corruption potential in a Trump


Administration is a serious problem and something we are going to have


to sort out in the United States. But our friends across the Atlantic


in England and Europe and around the world ought to take comfort in the


fact that Donald Trump's personal and business life has absolutely


nothing to do with what he said during the campaign. His personal


life has nothing to do with the claptrap of the social conservative


religious conservatives he pandered to. He had friends in the Islamic


community, particularly rich Muslims to whom he sold apartments and did


business deals over many years and like most American businessmen he


has made enormous amount of money off global, nurse. So the notion


that the United States is somehow going to retreat from global


commerce under President Trump is almost a joke. So we will have to


sort out the corruption problems and there are many of them but I do not


see this presidency going in the direction that he talked about


simply in order to pander to white working-class voters with their


protectionist agenda. You sound as if you are reassured by the breath


and skill of his business interests if anything but you keep returning


to this word corruption and that is quite a fierce charge, what do you


worry about? There is potential for corruption here when you have a


president who has enormous business holdings all over the world and is


supposed to be conducting the affairs of the United States


government and supervising people throughout the executive branch who


are conducting the business of the United States government. We have a


whole range of problems that could come up, people will be peppering


his businesses with lawsuits, the plaintiffs lawyers in the United


States are more than happy to go after President Trump. They can sue


at the drop of a hat, do not have took pay the losers these if they


sue and lose as they would in other parts of the world. We saw how


litigation against the President worked out under President Clinton


and I think this will be a very bad situation if President Trump does


not dispose of these assets around the world. Another problem is the


potential for foreign government money to get into the Trump business


empire to his financial benefit and that would be prohibited by the


emoluments clause of the United States Constitution. We have that


provision because of the practice in the 18th century of the Crown in


England, Great Britain, of giving emollients to members of Parliament,


we did not want that going on. Explained to us, who steps in? You


are an ethics lawyer, Donald Trump has done everything differently, he


has got Congress entirely on his side in terms of the Republican


base, so who would actually step in and tell him that he is doing wrong?


I am not sure Congress will be on his side, each member of Congress is


in it for themselves in their own district. I don't think the


Republican members of Congress are going to put up with a situation


where the president appears to be benefiting financially from his


public office, in particular I get back to this concern about money


coming in from foreign governments because that is specifically


prohibited under our Constitution so he is going at a minimum to have to


make absolutely sure that are linked with the Bank of China, with


sovereign wealth funds, these diplomats staying in Trump hotels,


all of that is going to have to be cleansed of any impression of a


gift. OK, Richard Painter, thank you very much. We should say we do not


know what is going on, there has been denials of any impropriety in


his business dealings so far, Richard Painter thank you very much.


What does the Prime Minister have to do to help business?


Today she told the CBI she was going to help them


by offering support to entrepreneurs and innovative companies.


But - when you speak to businesses themseves -


Well the boss of the biggest tech company in this country has told


Newsnight that the Government needs to bring in a radical reform


of the tax system to create something that suits


The man in question is called Stephen Kelly -


boss of the software giant Sage, and he's been talking


This plan for a radical tax reform, what is it? Stephen Kelly is a


significant voice in British business because he runs Sage which


is the largest take company in the UK. Also he was at one time the


chief operating officer for the government. So he knows how the tax


system works. I have been talking to him about exactly the challenges are


facing Britain at the moment. Lots of thoughts but they sympathise into


two things, firstly his complaints about the tax system and that is


also because the impact of the Digital economy. Companies like


Amazon and Google and Facebook and where do they pay their taxes? He


thinks these two things blend into one around business rates, that's


something we've had for centuries, brought in during the reign of the


first Queen Elizabeth and he says it's now an arcane link between


property and tax because so much money is generated digitally, not


least by Amazon and Google, companies who don't pay historic


amounts of tax but generate massive amounts of revenue. Stephen Kelly


has told us that he thinks there should be an overview of the tax


system and a complete rethinking of it, looking at money hurt online and


crucially he is proposing the complete abolition of business


rates. Actually, I think it's down


to the government to step up and have a radical reform of the tax


system to make it fair. If you asked any executive


they want to be fair and they want to pay tax


in the appropriate jurisdiction, but it is down to the government


to make sure the simplicity of the tax system really represents


the way where physical presence, like property, have very little


meaning in 2016. It may have meant something 400


years ago when there was no Internet, but the Internet


has changed everything. And you can see through


the prevalence of online shopping, the whole kind of focus


and the shift towards a digital economy that effectively a tax


system created in the essence of Genesis 400 years ago makes


no sense today. Is he worried about taking on the


big giants? He is but he runs a very big company himself. And remember he


has worked in the States and here, and all you need is one clever idea


and you can generate a huge company, so I asked him having worked on both


sides of the Atlantic what advice would you give to British take


companies? There is a difference in terms of not just the philosophy of


technology and how you embrace it but also the culture and the


attitudes we have. I would probably say looking at the difference in the


UK we are more anxious and there is a bit of fear of failure, in the US


we encourage the culture where we fail fast and learn and grow. So I


think if there is a lesson to be learnt from silicon valley it is


probably that we should abandon that fear of failure. Stephen Kelly the


boss of Sage speaking to Adam Parsons earlier.


Tony Blair - Labour's most electorally successful leader ever -


will not be returning to front line politics and will not be seeking


Those in his inner circle say they would not be surprised to see


the former PM reappear - and indeed the frequency


with which he reminds us how vacant the centre ground is does little


to dispell the notion he is measuring up


He wants - his office tells us - to remain part of the debate.


He is also reported to be looking for a new base in London now.


So would Tony Blair be warmly welcomed into


Or is he seen as a busted - and still toxic - flush?


Brexiteers - who believe the latter - are getting quite excited


Joining me now Caroline Lucas, joint leader of the Greens,


and John McTernan, former advisor to Tony Blair.


Very nice to have you both here. John, is your sense there is


something rippling below the waters, he would like to come back despite


the denials? People are getting very excited, he is biggest political


figure of our era and people cannot stop talking about him because


everybody wants him back in some way, shape or form. He has not gone


away, has been commenting and talking on politics. Had a great


essay in the new European about the challenges of Brexit. When you say


everyone wants him back in any way shape or form, you mean his enemies


want him back, but not on their side? No, it is nearly a decade


since he stopped being Prime Minister and stopped being an MP and


we are on television talking about him. For Labour, he was the last


time Labour won anything? He was the last time Labour won anything, but


the idea that it qualifies him now to come back after everything with


the Iraq war and the dodgy dealings with dictators and take some moral


high ground in our political debate now beggars belief. John needs to


get out more, people are not begging for him to come back. The last few


months, if it has told us anything, the political establishment is not


held in a great deal of respect now. And Tony Blair, the way he is


associated with that, the idea he would be a good spokesperson for the


remain campaign or anything else right now is ludicrous. He might


have this lightning rod for everybody who hates New Labour,


hates remain and the Iraq war, all your enemies could target on this


one thing. Half the country voted to stay in the European Union and


people are thinking about the vote, car workers did not vote for


tariffs. Wouldn't you like to have a strong voice like that? I wouldn't


want it to be Tony Blair. What John doesn't recognise is the message she


gives might not be the problem but the messenger is. He is


fundamentally contaminated. People don't see that. Get out in the real


world, people are not talking about Tony Blair in anything other than


regretful terms because it is a lost opportunity. He could have been a


wonderful advocate but he is fatally compromised and fatally


contaminated. We have a Prime Minister not up to the job, we have


a leader of an opposition whose ambition is to make the Labour Party


ultraleft and we have Tim Farron representing the centre ground.


Someone who is known for lying, taken the country to an illegal and


immoral war under a false prospectus, is that what the country


is crying out for? It is not just about what the Greens thing, it is


abuse. It is ridiculous. Does that tell you how empty the ground is


then, if somebody, from... From this perspective from Brexit, you would


welcome it but can you tolerate the thought? Caroline represents a


strand of thought is way to the left of the Labour Party, more


destructive than John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn. Tony Blair has said,


the vast bulk of British people are unrepresented in British politics.


There is no voice. Come back to the idea that Tony Blair is the person


to fill that space is wrong. We have the Greens, the Lib Dems, the


Nationalists and some in Labour who are doing their best to fill that


space. Mr Chilcott, thought the boil would be lanced, he has done his


time, got to move forward now, is there in which he can move forward?


I say it with regret because he is charismatic, he has huge


communication skills. In many ways, he is a brilliant communicator but


he is contaminated. That is a voice that will echo throughout TV sets at


home. Labour voters when polled said they would rather have Tony Blair as


leader of the Labour Party than Jeremy Corbyn. It is not surprising


because Tony Blair today, articulate a vision of where Britain should go.


Far more powerful and profound than any leading politician of any of the


major political parties at the moment. If there wasn't a vacuum at


the heart of British politics, we wouldn't be so excited and obsessed


with Tony Blair. Caroline just talks and talks about him, like a lot


of... I didn't talk about him until I was asked to come here. People go


on about Tony, you fascinate them. He is a global figure. What you are


both saying, from the remain perspective, the job is not being


done properly for you. Not by anybody in the House of Commons. I


disagree, it is a shame Labour is not united on this and Labour should


be making a stronger case in holding the government to account when it


comes to Article 50, when it comes to the terms. Tony Blair is the only


person who can do this now? That is what I disagree with. Labour voters,


remain voters are being betrayed by Jeremy Corbyn. We have a Brexit vote


which is a consequence of the betrayal of Jeremy Corbyn. In that


space there is backing for thinking outside the Labour Party and


thinking outside the House of Commons. The Brexit vote was fuelled


in part that people don't trust politicians any more. Why don't they


trust them any more, not least because of the way Tony Blair took


us to war. I sorry, but it is true. Thank you both.


To some Edward Snowden is a hero, a whistleblower who exposed


the extraordinary extent of the United States's surveillance


To others, notably the US government, the former spook


is a traitor who must stand trial - if he ever emerges from Russia,


where he says he's been grounded since his passport was revoked.


A feature film based on Snowden's story is coming


to a cinema near you, through the good offices of


Playing the lead is actor Joseph Gordon Levitt,


who has made his own study of the relationship


He's been talking to our Culture Correspondent Stephen Smith.


There's something going on inside the government that's


I just want to get this data to the world.


It is from his point of view trying to get inside of his head.


I feel like I'm made to do this and if I don't do it,


then I don't know anyone else who can.


What I found, when you have conversations about Edward Snowden,


it matters less about the technology, the policy,


you can tell them all the facts about why mass surveillance


is unconstitutional, but what they want


If you take more than eight, you will fail.


The Snowdon of Oliver Stone's film is a patriot and a tech nerd.


Injured out of the Army, he becomes a rookie spook,


designing a covert communications network


You don't have to tell me when you have completed a stage.


No, I finished the whole thing.


I believe you went to see him in Moscow?


How did you find him, what was that like?


I have been really fortunate in my life that I've got to meet


a lot of people who I admire a lot, but at Edward Snowdon


This is a guy that risked his life to stand up for what he believes in.


I think he appears as himself doesn't he at the end of


He's living in Moscow now and a lot of his critics like to use that


against him and say, then he must be working


The truth is, what happened he went to Hong Kong to hand


the information he took over to select set journalists.


The government knows we have these documents now.


The CIA could barge through this door at any minute and


Act like a (SOUND DIPS) journalist and stop stringing us along.


But a lot of people in your country would say he is a traitor


and would like to see him stand trial?


Any time someone stands up to a powerful authority throughout


history, that powerful authority tries to discredit them.


It's a question of government being accountable to the people.


Whether or not mass surveillance is right or wrong, that is a discussion


we can have and I think there are valid points on both sides. With


roles in blockbusters like Inception Gordon Levitt is on a good street.


Did his agent won him a controversial Oliver Stone movie


might not be a smart career move. How do I'd drop you without gravity.


A lot of people said that to me. They said, what you're saying,


controversial figure, polarising in the United States, you have to think


about the commercial viability of your career. I don't think those


people are wrong. But I just, I don't know, I couldn't make my


decisions on that kind of thinking. A lot of my friends are very


concerned about the fact we give away so much information about


ourselves very freely, but we don't think about the consequences. What


power we are giving to someone else. Actor Enyeama Watson and others


debate over sharing and the relationship between technology and


democracy. I am optimistic about technology. I tend to think the


Internet, it provides us with so much information, so much connection


from person to person, it is a great thing. I never really stopped for a


moment to think of any of the potential pitfalls this new


technology might have. This film is a cautionary tale about those


pitfalls. Most Americans don't want freedom, they want security, it is a


simple bargain. Good girl, good girl. Incidentally, supplies the


real pleasure of this act to cover chewing the scenery as a


Machiavellian spy craft. Where is the modern battlefield soldier?


Everywhere. Before we go, here's


something to savour. The grammy-winning mezzo-soprano


Joyce DiDomato is in the UK this week for a performance


of her new collection, In War Peace -


Harmony through Music. The album is all about the healing


power of music in an epoch And we're lucky enough


to have her here tonight, accompanied by the ensemble il


Pomodoro, to perform MUSIC: "Handel's Lascia


ch'io pianga."


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