Two articles struck me from yesterday’s Observer. Firstly, a long piece about David Simon’s new series, Treme. In it, reflecting on The Wire, the article notes:
Over the years, in scores of interviews, Simon has consistently made the point that The Wire was a show with an editorial agenda, a polemic about “the America that got left behind.”
Secondly, an editorial by Will Hutton in which he suggests two alternatives in the forthcoming election – a conservative victory after a short hung parliament, or a Labour / Lib-Dem coalition now, in which Gordon Brown must go. Musing on the first option, he writes:
The state will become a Conservative fiefdom, with even local police forces directly run by Tory politicians in the name of “democratic accountability”. The City of London will not be reformed. Wealth will become ever more concentrated in fewer hands.
Britain will become a meaner, less generous and more unequal society despite David Cameron’s declared intentions. This will be Murdoch’s Britain, with the BBC to be cut back and Sky’s influence extended. Government will be in thrall to the right of centre press. The sale of our companies to the highest foreign bidder will accelerate.
Connecting both of these pieces I say to anyone who has watched the left-behind poverty and grim urban blight of the bottom-of-the-pile drug-war capitalism and corrupt media and politics that the series evokes so powerfully: if you’ve watched the Wire, you simply cannot countenance re-electing a party once led by Margaret Thatcher. Period. Vote how you need to, but keep them out.