Tag: Borgen

Bad news for the Borgens

Friday, 19 June, 2015 0 Comments

Ah, those were glory days for the left. Helle Thorning-Schmidt became Prime Minister of Denmark on 3 October 2011 and almost simultaneously Borgen, a Danish TV series about the charismatic Birgitte Nyborg, who becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark, is the darling of the chattering class, which likes politically correct political fantasy. The icing on the (wedding) cake was provided by the fact that Ms Thorning-Schmidt’s husband is the reddish Stephen Kinnock. Familiar name? That’s right. Stephen is the son of Neil, who has entered the history books the only Leader of the Labour Party never to hold ministerial office.

And now? Well, let’s go over to Aisha Gani of the Guardian, which aspires to being the journal of a global Denmark. One can detect an air of grief here:

“From handing out red roses, to driving about in tractors. From tiresome Borgen references, to wooing fishermen on islands. From clashing on TV debates, to red and blue blocs. Yet in the end, after what has been a tightly fought contest in the Scandinavian nation, the centre-right has been voted in to govern the Folketing.”

The left lost recently in Britain and the polls in France and Sweden suggest that more change is in the offing. Borgen has ended.


Charlie is not Borgen

Monday, 5 January, 2015 0 Comments

With Charlie, its dramatization of the rise and fall of Ireland’s most Machiavellian prime minister, Charles Haughey, the state broadcaster, RTÉ, has produced a kind of anti-Borgen. Anoraks will know that Borgen is the acclaimed Danish TV series that tells the story of Birgitte Nyborg who becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. Charlie, in contrast, is amateurish. The characters are wooden and dull and, worst of all, there is almost no visual drama. Question: Where was the reputed €4.5 million budget spent? On the shirts?