The Tap Blog – November 2, 2011
I was browsing a link sent in by the indefatigable Wasp, and came across the fact that the verdict of the Diana Inquest was not reported in the UK, and still hasn’t been. The verdict was nothing less than ‘unlawful killing’.
The website vigilantcitizen, talking about the film called ‘Unlawful Killing’ released in June 2011, writes –
Strangest of all was the media coverage of the verdict. Inquest evidence showed conclusively that the crash was caused by an unidentified white Fiat Uno and several unidentified motorcycles, vehicles that were certainly not paparazzi, because uncontested police evidence confirmed that the paparazzi were nowhere near the tunnel at the time of the crash. The jury understood this, bringing in a verdict of “unlawful killing” by unidentified “following vehicles”; yet within seconds, the BBC was misreporting that the jury had blamed the paparazzi, and the rest of the media meekly followed suit. Which is why – three years on – barely anyone realises what the jury’s troubling verdict really was.
Why is the film being premiered next week at Cannes, three years after the inquest ended? Because British lawyers insisted on 87 cuts before any UK release could be contemplated. So rather than butcher the film, or risk legal action, we’re showing it in France, then the US, and everywhere except the UK. Pity, because at a time when the mindless sugar rush of the royal wedding has been sending British republicans into a diabetic coma, it could act as a welcome antidote.
People react to the movie after a showing in Ireland –
They all mention the land mine issue. If she had lived and gone ahead and married Dodi, she would no doubt have moved on from there to stand for peace between Moslems and Christians – not what was being planned for 911, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and others yet to come. Was she the first casualty of The War On Terror?
People remember September 11th 2001 as the moment peace was lost to the world. Maybe it was lost on August 31st 1997. People instinctively reacted as if it was a most significant moment in their lives. In retrospect, they were right to do so.