This is also accurately a film about battles
for ideology. Battles for souls and minds, as well as battles on
the streets. We see here the crossroad's which divide socialist
struggle and the emerging New Labour.
The doublespeak, sell-out compromiser's and
careerists are all too but familiar. The illustration of real life
consequences of Blair's Thatcherite schemes are compellingly believable.
I have seen nothing like this ever on TV,
perhaps the first series of When The Boat Comes In, had something
of its flavour, but little of its quality. Director David Blair
! (if he was he wont be after this comes out rest assured ) has
it spot on, the accents are genuine ones, not that bliddy 'north
of somewhere' acting school verbiage which has ruined so many previous
working class drama's and films. At the preview, screened at BAFTA
a middle-class lady said she had struggled to understand the dialogue,
I was praying the director would reply "Sorry what was that
?" But he didnt. Just pointed out how empty the film would
be using someone else's speech.