Conservative policy making informed by TV detective series

Today’s FT has an interview with wannabe Chancellor George Osborne, where he once again fails to give any real details of the Conservatives’ economic plans, should they win the next election. Osborne talks about his admiration for Sweden, although he is unable to put his finger on exactly why, saying:

“I’m no expert on Swedish society but I am a regular viewer now of Wallander”.

What next: Chris Grayling telling the Daily Mail that he is changing the Conservatives’ policies on drugs after catching up with a few episodes of Van der Valk?

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7 Comments

  • Cheltenham Robin 18th Jan '10 - 12:46pm

    I understand that William Hague regularly watches Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Home and Away.

  • Given Chris Grayling’s comments I suspect he hadn’t actually seen very much of the Wire.

  • Simon Titley 19th Jan '10 - 11:43am

    It was quite obvious that Chris Grayling hadn’t watched much of The Wire. If he had, I doubt he would have endorsed it. The creator of the programme, David Simon, described the second season as “a meditation on the death of work and the betrayal of the American working class … it is a deliberate argument that unencumbered capitalism is not a substitute for social policy; that on its own, without a social compact, raw capitalism is destined to serve the few at the expense of the many.” The Wire also clearly takes the view that the ‘war on drugs’ does not work and is counter-productive.

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