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Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Bring on Brian 2

While there are those who'd like the bizarre ban on The Life of Brian lifted in the mid-Wales town of Aberystwyth lifted (see "Bring on Brian" earlier this week), there is one who doesn't, even in these post-blasphemy-laws times.

He's the Rev. Stuart Bell, rector of St Michael's Church in the town, who thinks the new mayor, Sue Jones-Davies, who as an actor played the part of Judith Iscariot in the Monty Python classic, has better things to do than worry about a banned film.

Stuart Bell obviously cares little about freedom of expression, and people's freedom to see a movie in a cinema in their town if they so choose.

Aberystwyth Today tells us that Bell thinks it an unpleasant film, yet he hasn't seen it!

“If it was an unpleasant film 30 years ago, then it remains an unpleasant film 30 years later," he's quoted as saying. “I have not seen the film, nor have I any wish to do so. And I would have thought there are many issues of more importance to the people of Aberystwyth for the mayor to consider than having a ban on this film removed.”

She's done the considering, Mr Bell. All that's needed is for her to give the nod to a flunky and the relevant letter will go off to the council that imposed the ban in the first place.

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