March 02, 2010

Gratuitous Yes Prime Minister link



My excuse for posting this is a superb expression of the argument that newspapers tell you a lot about the people who read them: Mercurius Politicus does some decoding over here of what seventeenth century people thought when they read the newspaper or newsbook. I can't match his article- but Jim Hacker can!

5 comments:

James Higham said...

Yes, it was brilliant.

Gracchi said...

Mercurius's article is better but Jim's pretty good!

Barking Spider said...

Excellent.

Daniela Major said...

I love this series so much, that I know by heart Hacker´s definition of "who reads the papers". It´s brilhant.

James Wilson said...

The key to YM's enduring brilliance and continuing startling relevance tells us an awful lot about Britain itself.In different episodes Hacker grapples with ID cards, Trident renewal, funding of the arts as against funding of sport, bribes to and from Arabian countries with whom Britain is trying to make a buck, bailouts of failed city institutions by the Bank of England, appointments to the EU, honours doled out in return for favours, wastage in the NHS, banning of smoking, and on it goes.

The answer given by the authors, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, is that when writing the scripts the first thing they did was go back to the newspapers of the 1950s and look for things that were still current for them (the 1980s). And it was the same old things that nearly 30 years on are still current today – all the things I mentioned in the previous paragraph and many more besides. I have the feeling that for as long as there is a Britain Yes Minister will be topical.