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Taking Liberties (2007)

An examination of the erosion of civil liberties that has gradually taken place in recent years.

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Kate Allen ...
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Moazzam Begg ...
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Tony Benn ...
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Phil Booth ...
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An examination of the erosion of civil liberties that has gradually taken place in recent years.

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Written by Noel Gallagher (as Gallagher)/Neil Innes (as Innes)
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Ask not what you can do for your country...
13 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

...ask what your country can do to you.

The central thesis of this film aligns itself nicely with the Mark Thomas (who appears in the film) comment that "If You're not p*****d off, you've not been paying attention". It shows by example the story of the gradual erosion of our civil liberties that has been occurring in the recent years, concentrating particularly on the last decade. This is a subject which should have us all handing over our hard earned to be educated and entertained by.

The artful thing about this film is the fact that it cleverly manages to take a fairly dry subjects of civil liberties and human rights, "Not normally box office dynamite" to quote Chris Atkins, and present it in an entertaining and even amusing way. Very much in the tradition of The Road to Guantanamo this film is as shocking but with a greater capacity to entertainment, which will hopefully mean that it will appeal to a wider audience.

Whether you believe that it is the press to blame for forcing gullible media hungry politicians into rushing through knee jerk, badly drafted laws or that there are more sinister forces at work or especially if you are blissfully unaware of what your government has been doing in your name this film holds something for you. See it and tell your friends!


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