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Neave portrayal anger

Oxford Mail: Sandy Lovatt Sandy Lovatt

Town council leader Sandy Lovatt has criticised a Channel 4 drama for suggesting that the town’s former MP was killed by the security services.

Utopia, screened last night, suggested that Airey Neave’s murder was carried out by a secret MI5 cell in March, 1979, not by the Irish National Liberation Army.

The Abingdon MP, elected in 1953 and shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, died in the car bomb attack at the House of Commons.

The council leader said: “Mr Neave was a war hero who escaped from Colditz and his death was dramatic enough. There’s no need to fictionalise it.’’

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3:52pm Tue 15 Jul 14

IffleyRoadRider says...

The matching of (fictional) plots with history is such a common device that if he doesn't get it I suggest that Sandy Lovatt doesn't watch the program again, or expose himself to fantasies such as "The Prince and the Pauper" or "Robin Hood" - he might get his facts confused. I would hope that a town councillor, especially a leader would have a bit more sophistication.
The matching of (fictional) plots with history is such a common device that if he doesn't get it I suggest that Sandy Lovatt doesn't watch the program again, or expose himself to fantasies such as "The Prince and the Pauper" or "Robin Hood" - he might get his facts confused. I would hope that a town councillor, especially a leader would have a bit more sophistication. IffleyRoadRider
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12:39pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Adrian1 says...

I sat here for a while thinking 'storm in a tea cup' but finally figured I should say I can understand why Sandy Lovatt should feel strongly enough to voice such a concern. That is that Airey Neave carried that much respect that he'd have been returned if he'd stood as an indipendant. Few of our MP's have matched that since and it's with regret I have to say I don't know of any today who are there. So thank you Sandy Lovatt for putting voice to the greater picture.
I sat here for a while thinking 'storm in a tea cup' but finally figured I should say I can understand why Sandy Lovatt should feel strongly enough to voice such a concern. That is that Airey Neave carried that much respect that he'd have been returned if he'd stood as an indipendant. Few of our MP's have matched that since and it's with regret I have to say I don't know of any today who are there. So thank you Sandy Lovatt for putting voice to the greater picture. Adrian1
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