Very funny piece from Dan Hodges [himself the son of Glenda Jackson] on politicians and their favourite films. In the wake of the death of Peter O'Toole tributes have been coming in. Like the PM [read the article] I am a huge fan of Lawrence of Arabia: probably my favourite line is when Lawrence emerges from the desert and tells the disbelieving Sherif Ali "nothing is written". This is in response to the jibe that Lawrence should leave a man behind because:
"He is doomed, leave him- his destiny has been written."
As regular readers will recall at the time of the 2010 election all 4 candidates in Hexham were asked to name a favourite film, which was then shown at the Forum Cinema for one night only during the election. I chose then, and would again choose, The Shawshank Redemption. It dovetails with the book I have since written on prison reform - Doing Time.
It says all you need to know about the Blair family that, according to Hodges, apparently our former PM Tony Blair's favourite film was Jackie Chan's, Rush Hour. An intersting choice!