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I have long maintained that the greatest conservative propaganda ever made was created — ironically enough — by the BBC in the form of Yes Minister and its sequel series, Yes Prime Minister. TVTropes used to describe it as “three men in a room talking politics and the funniest show ever.” Those three men are James Hacker, the titular minister/prime minister trying to impose his policies; Sir Humphrey Appleby, the cynical senior Civil Service agent working to ensure that the Civil Service’s wishes are policy; and Bernard Woolley, the naïf Civil Service agent torn among the two and his own ideas of what democracy requires of him.
Yes, this show is thirty years old, but the political issues and intrigues rarely feel dated. Reading this morning’s headlines about Brexit, I was reminded of two of Sir Humphrey’s crash courses on reality. First (above), why do we have a European Union? Forget all the high-minded talk and consider how it’s really all about national interest.
Second, why was the United Kingdom in the EU to begin with? In pursuit of a disunited Europe, Britain’s foreign policy goal for the last 500 years:
Many shows claim to be timeless, but few truly are.