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makes one proud to be English
on 23 May 2003
Written as a play, with two movie adaptations, about a father's battle to vindicate his son, expelled from a naval academy for
allegedly cashing a stolen money order, through the help of an emotionally-detached but brilliant barrister.
Beyond the "battle waged by innocence against injustice", it is the insight into the members of the Winslow family and the people around them that is most engaging.
And though the innocence of the boy is never straightforwardly proven--obviously, the burden of proof is on the prosecution, with any failure necessarily resulting on the preservation of the presumption of innocence--the unwavering determination to defend the son's and the family's honour, the disregard for material cost, and the preservation of dignity in the family's conduct amid the turmoil, made me proud to be English.
I already have spare copies to give to my yet-to-be-born son, and to all my future godsons.