Harry Lime Rides Again

Just before Christmas I re-watched Carol Reed’s film noir classic The Third Man, starring Orson Wells and Trevor Howard, set in post-war Vienna.

Wells plays the character Harry Lime, a mercurial and morally despicable racketeer who profits from selling diluted black-market penicillin. Lime is notoriously insensitive to the damage this causes to children being treated for debilitating meningitis.

At least I thought there is little danger from a ‘Lime character’ inflicting such pathological cruelty on the delivery of modern vaccines, particularly in the British health system which is free at the point of use.

But then, the truly pathological are rather ingenious. Out steps from the shadows The Third Man anew – the con artist who will attempt to capitalise on any and every social ill…

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By Steve Nimmons

Steve is a Certified European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Royal Society of Arts, Linnean Society and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He is an Electric Circle Patron of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a Liveryman and Freeman of London and serves on numerous industry panels. He is a member of Chatham House, the Royal United Services Institute and the Chartered Institute of Journalists.