DenmarkPosted: January 7, 2013
This N+1 article about a Danish TV show:
Borgen is more than a sensation; it is a kind of parallel government. Borgen stories are reported in Copenhagen’s free newspapers as if they were actually happening; an educational program that introduces the main fields of Danish politics—welfare spending, environmental policy, the status of Greenland—does so under the rubric “Borgen in reality.”
In a recent interview with Le Monde, the actor [excellently named Babette Knudsen] said she learned about how politicians atrophy by watching Tony Blair.
But in Britain, where Borgen airs in the original Danish, the program was the undisputed hit of 2012
I thought this idea was interesting and troubling:
As the sociologist Wolfgang Streeck has argued, the shift we are seeing in Europe is one from “government” to “governance”—or, if you prefer, from democracy to administration, from a system in which political leaders enact the will of the people to one in which they act merely as “debt-collecting agencies on behalf of a global oligarchy of investors.”
Photo of Denmark’s actual prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, from wikipedia:
She married Stephen Kinnock in 1996, so becoming the daughter-in-law of Neil Kinnock, Baron Kinnock, former leader of the British Labour Party and European Commissioner, and Glenys Kinnock, Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead, former British Minister for Europe.
Neil Kinnock, remember, was the British politician from whom Biden plagarized whole chunks of life story during the 1988 presidential primaries.