A Mischief Of Magpies

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

A Very Social Secretary

Last night, Channel 4 offspring More4 launched in Britain, attempting to provide adult entertianment to an over 35 age bracket. One of the first programmes it opened with was 'A Very Social Secretary', a satirical dramatisation of David Blunkett's time in the Home Office, and of life in the government in the runup to the Iraq War.

Something about the programme puzzled me, and will probably have puzzled anyone who watched it. Apparently, David Blunkett was none too happy about the programme, ringing around the channel's executives to see if it could be shelved. Why? He was about the only person to come out of the programme with any dignity left intact. In my opinion, he was simply portrayed as a straight-talking northern man who became a victim of circumstances, and of his own care for his child. By contrast, everyone else was shown in far worse light - the impotent and hopeless Blair, the effete and foolish Cherie, that ghastly Quinn woman, and the pompous and buffoonish Boris Johnson (no surprise there).

Speaking as a man who disagreed with almost every single one of David Blunkett's policies, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the programme, but less because of any assassination of his character and more because of the mauling given to the Westminster lifestyle. So why the fury, David?

Have Britain's politicians lost the ability to take a joke? Did they ever have it? Looking back to the furore over 'Spitting Image', it's hard to say they did. Yet really, the ability to respectfully laugh at our leaders is one of our best national characteristics, and Britain's politicians should consider that there is probably quite some gain in just accepting the joke.

Has a sense of humour been completly lost in the corridors of power?


At 12:22 am, Blogger Clairwil said...

Sadly I didn't see the programme, although everyone I've spoken to about it seems to have enjoyed it.

You're right about politicians and their total inability to laugh at themselves. Does it never occur to them they might seem at least human, if they displayed a bit of humour from time to time?

At 1:04 pm, Blogger Steve55 said...

Well, this is just it. Personally, I don't think I shall vote for many years to come, but I can't believe a nation as rooted in humour as our own would reject a politician with the ability to laugh at themselves.

After all, how else to explain the popularity of Boris Johnson?

At 12:44 am, Blogger alan said...

i'm reminded of this

At 2:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

personally although mistakes have been made by Mr. Blunkett i believe that this programme is an unfair representation of Mr. Blunkett and does not give him justice for his intelligence and characteristics.

At 2:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alan, i have to add, if you achieve as much as he has in his lifetime then you still have not the right to show such an insulting poster based on the fact he is blind.

At 2:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

giu says.......
we cannot form an opinion about Blunkett just because the media has given an unfair representation of him.

At 6:53 pm, Anonymous Clairwil said...

Anonymous are you Lucy the guide dog? I'm not sure what Alan's achievements are, but I can say with some certainty that he hasn't caused misery to thousands of people the way Blunkett has with his mean spirited, right wing, bully boy policies. In any case I rather thought our Steve was too soft on Blunkett.


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