It’s now time for people to coalesce upon a consensus that:
- if the present political climate continues, Britain in 20 years time will be somewhere where the state monitors everyone’s activities and punishes every infraction. Millions of ordinary people will be in justifiable fear of walking a step out of line, saying a word out of place, or even thinking a forbidden thought.
- this would be a very bad thing. As the DPP puts it "something we can’t bear."
- therefore the erosion of civil liberties is the most important issue facing our society.
- neither the Labour nor the Conservative Party can be relied upon to do the right thing.
If a sufficient number of people can agree to this, then the Orwellian nightmare that you and I dread can be avoided.
Unfortunately, gaining that consensus—and finding people willing to act upon it—is the problem. And for all of Jackart's nit-picking—especially as to who the real Guido Fawkes was and what he was fighting for—this is what V manages to do: he not only makes people understand what has been done to them (one of the hardest tasks) but he unites people in indignation and gives them the inspiration to do something about it. It is for that reason that I find V For Vendetta so very uplifting.
And then, of course, the film ends and I am back in a depressing world where people barely comprehend the state control being stealthily imposed upon them, where no one can be bothered to do anything about it, and where alien-voters and their fucking Party tribalism effectively neuter protest and keep the same gaggle of corrupt rulers in power.
Fuck this, I'm off to watch V again, and dream of a world where people give a shit about their liberties and mine...