Shevek (shevek) wrote,

I have acquired the complete Yes Minister. It's slightly terrifying how true it rings even today. The last two episodes we watched were "Big Brother", about the government compiling a database on all its citizens, and whether they have a right to see their own record; an episode about enforcing the carrying of an identity card; and we're about to watch "The Right to Know", which sounds horribly like FOIA material.

This series was filmed in 1980, at the start of Thatcher's reign. There are more references to strikes than our generation is used to, although that seems to be changing. I wonder if it's all true, and the reason we're still debating the database state and id cards is that the civil service really is procrastinating, and has successfully done so for 30 years.

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