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So, having watched the second election debate last night, along with a large number of the population if early viewing figures released are anything to go by, we are now in full swing and ready for polling day in just under 2 weeks time.

After listening to the issues raised in the previous debate and this debate along with the planned topics for next week's debate, it got me thinking about the satirical British sitcom Yes, Minister and the sequel, Yes, Prime Minister. I previously seen all episodes of this on UK Gold and notice they have once again been showing it in the run up to the election. Anyway, thinking about it and looking back at the episode list, it is amazing how many episodes actually are similar to current affairs, some of which I have detailed below.

Yes, Minister
Series 1, Episode 1 - Open Government: This episode was about releasing as much information about what is going on in Government to the public. In the run up to this election, part of the Conservative manifesto has been to release as much information as possible online to the public such as high earners in the public sector.
Series 1, Episode 3 - The Economy Drive: The minister wishes to reduce the size of his department and cut costs. In comparison, because of the budget deficit the UK now has, all the major parties have promised to slim down the entire public sector.
Series 1, Episode 4 - Big Brother: A central Government computer system is to be launched to store records on each citizen including personal details and tax records with the minister wanting safeguards put in place to stop unauthorised access. Today, the Liberal Democrats have been piping up about civil liberties and the amount of data stored on us. Their main attack is on the use of CCTV.
Series 1, Episode 7 - Jobs for the Boys: Mainly centered around Quangos, this episode was about how the appointment of Quango heads takes place. David Cameron made a lot of reference to Quangos last year, specifically OFCOM, and how a lot of them need abolished or slimmed down with specific reference to how much some of the heads are getting paid.
Series 2, Episode 3 - The Death List: The minister is shown the "error of his ways" about the use of wire tapping, etc when he is told by the security services that he is on a death list. Another civil liberties episode, similar to the one above.

Yes, Prime Minister
Series 1, Episode 1 - The Grand Design: Previous plans for the defence of the country had been to replace Polaris with the new Trident system. The minister questions Trident on the grounds that smart missiles and a conventional army would be cheaper and better. Over the last year in current times, we have been discussing the replacement for Trident with what is currently just being called the British Trident System Replacement. Labour and the Conservatives support it with the Liberal Democrats wanting to at least discuss it as part of a defence review before proceeding.
Series 1, Episode 5 - A Real Partnership: Both the Civil Service and Backbench MPs are after a pay rise with the cabinet secretary devising a cunning way to mask the real cost of the pay rise for the Civil Service. The comparison here to modern day would be the MPs expenses scandal last year.
Series 2, Episode 4 - A Conflict of Interest: The cabinet secretary tries to cover up a scandal in the city. The obvious comparison now is how the Government pumped large sums of capital into a few banks privately first to avoid any further bank runs like the one that Northern Rock experienced.

There are likely a few episodes I have missed that are good examples but the fact that so many of the ones I mention are very similar to current election topics is interesting.

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