Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/704/13708

From The Socialist newspaper, 8 February 2012

Review: Borgen - politics and crime in Denmark

Derek McMillan

The Killing, a Danish TV series interweaving crime drama with political drama was a great success on BBC 4. In the Borgen series, the same producers concentrate on political shenanigans in the Danish parliament.

While not written from a socialist perspective it shows the political elite and the media in bed with each other (quite literally in one strand of the story). The media and political elite seem to live in a comfortable incestuous environment and the one group not heard in this political democracy is... the people.

One episode shows a female prime minister trying to implement a modest reform - a bill calling for 50% of all boardroom appointments to be female. The government would carry out punitive taxation measures against any firm which did not go along with it. Ostensibly feminist, this measure would not benefit the overwhelming majority of Danish women.

If you watch the show, look out for media smears used to discredit a minister proposing this measure; a strike of capital aimed at letting big business dictate to the government and more than one rotten compromise.

The Danish Labour Party are present as a comic turn responding to advances by the far right by trying to prove they can be every bit as racist, misogynist and Islamophobic as the fascists!

It is alternately political and personal; searingly serious and hilariously funny; foreign and all too familiar! Watch it.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 8 February 2012:


Socialist Party NHS campaigning

Save the NHS!

Prince Philip Hospital Llanelli: We can defeat cuts plans

Kingston Hospital: Save all NHS jobs


Socialist Party news and analysis

London - a tale of two cities

Exploiting the unemployed to line the pockets of big business

Safe railways, not shopping malls

Them & Us


Socialist Party youth and students

Students drop out of college without EMA

Leeds Trinity students fight canteen cuts

New society at Leeds College


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Scrap the Welfare Reform Bill

Tactics to stop racist EDL

Manchester Sure Starts saved!

Tower Hamlets: Save Rushmead one stop shop - fight all cuts

Salford campaign saves day care centres

Defend care services in Medway


International socialist news and analysis

Mubarak's state machine blamed for football massacre


Socialist Party workplace news

UCU special conference

Reinstate sacked PCS steward, John Brookes!

The scandalous role of London Unison - Demand that it defends Len Hockey!

Striking oil tanker drivers demand meaningful talks

Workplace news in brief


The Socialist - reviews & readers' comments

Tory policies hit women hardest

We need fighting trade unions

Review: Borgen - politics and crime in Denmark


 

Facebook   Twitter



Home   |   The Socialist 8 February 2012   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter



Related links:

Denmark:

triangleA blow to the crisis-ridden Euro

triangleDenmark general election: Socialist People's Party doubles its MPs

Crime:

triangleJobmatch: yet another fiasco of privatisation

triangleThem & Us

triangleCuts make the job impossible

triangleStop privatisation of Probation Service

Media:

triangleCharlie Hebdo: no to terrorism

trianglePortsmouth jihadis: austerity and alienation to blame

triangleBuilding a political alternative in Seattle

Government:

triangleInept waste site renationalised

triangleIs the Green Party the answer?

BBC:

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

28/1/15

Sellafield

Inept waste site renationalised

28/1/15

Housing

Shapps' lies on housing

28/1/15

Lambeth

Why I joined the Socialist Party

28/1/15

Saudi Arabia

'Defenders of democracy' mourn despot's death

28/1/15

Unison

Book review: Unison bureaucracy unmasked

21/1/15

Lambeth

Why I joined the Socialist Party

21/1/15

NHS

Privatisation worsens NHS crisis

21/1/15

Ttip

TTIP it into the Atlantic

21/1/15

Devon

Halt the cutbacks in hearing aid provision

14/1/15

Pride

The straightwashing of Pride

14/1/15

Eleanor Marx

Book review: Eleanor Marx - a life

7/1/15

Arts

State of the arts

7/1/15

TUSC

Why I'm backing TUSC

10/12/14

Football

Broadband giants' expensive battle

10/12/14

Government

Quiz 2014

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...

Outside the Lancashire County Council buildings in Preston, 28 Jan 2015, photo by Dave Beale

triangle30 Jan Fracking in trouble, from Lancashire to Lanarkshire!

Social housing not social cleansing! photo Paul Mattsson

triangle28 Jan End the housing crisis

triangle28 Jan Strike called off in face of inadequate offer

A Greek worker demonstrating in Thessaloniki, photo Ged Travers

triangle28 Jan Syriza victory shows austerity elite can be beaten

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, photo Paul Mattsson

triangle28 Jan Is the Green Party the answer?

triangle28 Jan Government welfare cuts: No to sanctions!

triangle27 Jan Syriza comes to power, as old ruling parties collapse

More ...

triangle31 Jan London: March for Homes

triangle2 Feb Chesterfield Socialist Party: Europe today - a turbulent period in history

triangle2 Feb Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Greek workers fighting back against austerity

triangle2 Feb Socialist Party Scotland - Glasgow: Greece revolts against austerity

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

January 2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice