A feud is a long-running argument or fight between parties—often groups of people, especially families or clans. Feuds tend to begin because one party (correctly or incorrectly) perceives itself to have been attacked, insulted or wronged by another. A long-running cycle of retaliation, often involving the original parties' family members and/or associates, then ensues.


Feuds can last for generations. In areas without a strong central government, the feud can be the only way to balance relationships between and within communities.


In planning matters, council officers that are fed incorrect information by their colleagues, or who inherit a case and are too stupid to question the facts, can often go too far seeking to gain a victory over a member of the public.  The wronged member of the public will naturally investigate those involved and the matter becomes personal as the officers fight a losing battle to retain their reputation and job, against multiple frauds, misdirection and sometimes perjury.


Hundreds of thousands of pounds of the taxpayers purse can then be wasted, when the council concerned and its officers try to defend themselves from questions as to the facts, which often involves the council hiding evidence and nursing lies.  The deception may or may not be discovered, as in the Welwyn Hatfield City Garden case and the Kelly Davis v Bath and North East Somerset Council.


In a case in Sussex, Wealden District Council argued for over 20 year that the electricity generating buildings at Herstmonceux was a pump house. That lie was finally quashed in 1999 with a report that confirmed the deception by George White and Thomas Hoy in 1987 before Inspector Raymond Dannreuther. But in 2018 this council are still at it, trying to poison the water supply of their long-term adversary.


It is alleged that the Valuation Office have long been supporting Wealden in this charade, seeking to defraud the occupiers by obtaining rates for a property that cannot be used lawfully, hence causing loss contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.




V for Vendetta - Warner Borthers movie 2005




Blood feuds/Vendetta


A blood feud is a feud with a cycle of retaliatory violence, with the relatives of someone who has been killed or otherwise wronged seeking vengeance by killing or otherwise physically punishing the culprits or their relatives. Historically, the word vendetta has been used to mean a blood feud. The word is Italian, and originates from the Latin vindicta, "vengeance." In modern times, the word is sometimes extended to mean any other long-standing feud, not necessarily involving bloodshed.




Famous blood feuds

  • The Donnelly-Lucan community feud

  • Hatfield-McCoy feud

  • Percy-Neville feud

  • The Clanton/McLaury - Earp feud

  • The Campbell-MacDonald feud (Massacre of Glencoe)

  • The Lancaster - York feud

  • The Montagues and the Capulets from Romeo and Juliet

  • Albert Dryden and Durham County Council



Vendetta history


Originally, a vendetta was a blood feud between two families where kinsmen of the victim intended to avenge his or her death by killing either those responsible for the killing or some of their relatives. The responsibility to maintain the vendetta usually falls on the closest male relative to whoever has been killed or wronged, but other members of the family may take the mantle as well. If the culprit had disappeared or was already dead, the vengeance could extend to other relatives.


The Celtic phenomenon of the blood feud demanded "an eye for an eye," and usually descended into murder. Disagreements between clans might last for generations in Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia.


A similar concept existed in the Norse culture with the idea of weregild, which demanded payment of some kind from those responsible for a wrongful death.


In Japan's feudal past the Samurai class upheld the honor of their family, clan, or their lord by katakiuchi, or revenge killings. These killings could also involve the relatives of an offender. While some vendettas were punished by the government such as with the 47 Ronin, others were given official permission with specific targets.


Traditions similar to vendetta have existed almost everywhere, as between various Arabic people, Albanians and Circassians.


Vendetta originated in societies with no central government (or where the central government did not consider itself responsible for mediating this kind of dispute) where family and kinship ties were the main source of authority. An entire family was considered responsible for whatever one of them had done. Sometimes even two separate branches of the same family could come to blows over some matter. The practice has mostly disappeared with more centralized societies where law enforcement and criminal law take responsibility of punishing the lawbreakers.



Vendetta in modern times


Vendetta is reputedly still practised in some areas in Corsica and Italy; especially Sardinia, Sicily and Calabria, Crete in Greece, in eastern regions of Turkey and in northern Albania, where those seeking retribution do not accept or respect the local law enforcement authority. Vendettas are generally based on a perceived or actual indifference on behalf of local law enforcement.


Similarly, honor killings are practised among more conservative sections of Muslim society, usually against female members of a family for perceived or actual sexual transgressions.


Mutual vendetta may develop into a vicious circle of further killings, retaliation, counterattacks and all-out warfare that can end in the mutual extinction of both families. Often the original cause is forgotten, and feuds continue simply because there has always been a feud.


Some of the gang wars between organized crime groups are effectively forms of vendetta, where the criminal organization (like the Mafia "family") has taken the place of blood relatives.







Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (NATALIE PORTMAN) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (HUGO WEAVING) known only as “V.” Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V’s mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself – and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Virtual Studios, a Silver Pictures production in association with Anarchos Productions Inc., NATALIE PORTMAN in V For Vendetta, starring HUGO WEAVING, STEPHEN REA and JOHN HURT. Directed by JAMES McTEIGUE, the film is produced by JOEL SILVER, THE WACHOWSKI BROTHERS and GRANT HILL from a screenplay by THE WACHOWSKI BROTHERS, based upon characters appearing in magazines published by VERTIGO. The executive producer is BENJAMIN WAISBREN. The director of photography is ADRIAN BIDDLE, B.S.C.; the production designer is OWEN PATERSON; the editor is MARTIN WALSH, A.C.E.; and the music is composed by DARIO MARIANELLI.



Directed by
James McTeigue

Writing credits (WGA)
Andy Wachowski (screenplay) &
Larry Wachowski (screenplay) ...


Genre: Action / Drama / Sci-Fi / Thriller (more)

Tagline: Remember, remember the 5th of November. (more)

Plot Outline: A shadowy freedom fighter known only as "V" uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally. (more) (view trailer)

User Comments: An amazing feat of Cinema (more)

User Rating: ******** 8.1/10 (18,445 votes) 

Cast overview, first billed only:

Natalie Portman



Hugo Weaving


V/William Rookwood

Stephen Rea



Stephen Fry



John Hurt


Adam Sutler

Tim Pigott-Smith



Rupert Graves



Roger Allam


Lewis Prothero

Ben Miles



Sinéad Cusack


Delia Surridge

Natasha Wightman



John Standing



Eddie Marsan



Clive Ashborn


Guy Fawkes

Emma Field-Rayner


Guy Fawkes Lover


MPAA: Rated R for strong violence and some language.
Runtime: 132 min
Country: USA / Germany
Language: English
Color: Color
Sound Mix: DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS
Certification: Singapore:M18 (uncut) / USA:R / Norway:15 / Germany:16 / Malaysia:18SG / Australia:MA / Ireland:15A / UK:15 / Finland:K-15 / Hong Kong:IIB / Singapore:NC-16 (edited version) / Singapore:M18 (cut) (original rating) / Netherlands:16 / Sweden:15 / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (British Columbia)

Trivia: The rhyme referenced by the tag line is called 'The Bonfire Prayer' and commemorates 'Guy Fawkes night', November the 5th, when a Catholic plot to overthrow the english parliament was foiled. There are several slight variations of the full words, one of which goes... "Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent to blow up the King and the Parliament. Three score barrels of powder below, Poor old England to overthrow: By God's providence he was catch'd With a dark lantern and burning match. Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring. Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King! Hip hip hoorah! A penny loaf to feed the Pope. A farthing o' cheese to choke him. A pint of beer to rinse it down. A faggot of sticks to burn him. Burn him in a tub of tar. Burn him like a blazing star. Burn his body from his head. Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead. Hip hip hoorah! Hip hip hoorah!" It is still recited in full at the famous Lewes bonfire night celebrations in East Sussex.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When V says that he has never danced to any of the songs on his Jukebox, a song is playing in the background, yet there is no record seen playing on the jukebox. This occurs even after V presses the button to activate the song.

Quotes: Willy Fingerman: You might not be the sorriest arse in London, but by tomorrow you'll definitely have the sorest!







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