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Why does Ken Loach loathe his country so much?

11:00am 30th May 2006

Accepting the Palme D'Or award in Cannes for The Wind That Shakes The Barley — a pro-IRA film made in Ireland and partially funded by the National Lottery — the director Ken Loach explained that it was 'a little step in the British confronting their imperialist history'.

His purpose is to encourage direct comparisons between the Ireland of 1920-22 and present-day Iraq. This, of course, requires the portrayal of the British as sadists and the Irish as romantic, idealistic resistance fighters who take to violence only because there is no other self-respecting course...

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Director Ken Loach
with his Palme D'Or award

Ruth Dudley Edwards

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