Realistic politics on TV eschews romantic approach, spotlights self-interest

Sir Antony Jay was in the obituaries a few weeks ago, which unfortunately prompted me to reflect not on how much I enjoyed his work, but on how underappreciated that work was.Jay was co-creator of the BBC comedy Yes, Minister, which follows a fictional Member of Parliament and his counterpart in the civil service. The show was notable for its nonpartisan approach to political satire. It wasn’t (as is more typical) about how the smart/good party was caught up in a struggle against the stupid/evil party—it was about how the institutional arrangements the various participants found themselves in led to

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