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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