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Issue No. 2003

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

“I don’t need to spell it out, but the wars that we have seen, the occupations that we see throughout the world—people finally cannot turn away from that... Maybe if we start telling the truth about the past, we can start telling the truth about the present.”
Director Ken Loach, whose new film The Wind That Shakes The Barley has won the top prize at the Cannes film festival

“A brutally anti-British film... designed to drag the reputation of our nation through the mud. It portrays British soldiers as trigger happy mercenaries hooked on torture, burning cottages for kicks, and using pliers to rip out the toenails of innocent Irish victims.”
The Sun’s Harry MacAdam, lashing out at Loach

“His purpose is to encourage direct comparisons between the Ireland of 1920 and present day Iraq. This requires the portrayal of the British as sadists and the Irish as romantic, idealistic resistance fighters. It is no surprise that Loach supports George Galloway’s Respect party.”
Ruth Dudley Edwards, writing in the Daily Mail. It is no surprise that she is the author of a sympathetic history of the Orange Order

“Twas hard the woeful words to frame
To break the ties that bound us
But harder still to bear the shame
Of foreign chains around us.”

A verse from original Irish folk song The Wind That Shakes The Barley

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Who Says?
Sat 3 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2003
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