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Monday, December 08, 2014

From Democracy to Autonocracy: How Dr Who's Nightmare Came True in Britain

My new piece for Sputnik News.

In a recent episode of Dr Who Jon Pertwee successfully foils a dastardly plan of the Nestene - a non-physical alien intelligence - to replace leading political and public figures in Britain with plastic replicas.
The Nestene take over a toy factory in Epping, where they manufacture the plastic 'Autons'- who will help them take over the country.
That Dr Who story 'Spearhead from Space' got me thinking. When it was first broadcast in 1970 we could easily have told the difference between our leading politicians and a bunch of automatons. You could agree or disagree with them, but no one could accuse Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, Tony Benn or Enoch Powell of being robotic...

You can read the whole piece here.

1 comment:

DBC Reed said...

You miss the bait which the Conservatives offer: ever rising house prices." We can't get you well paid work but we can make sure you get a tax free capital gain from house price inflation. Be grateful".This set of policies has been dubbed Homeownerism and it had its finest hour 207-2009 when it went ape shit in the United States and brought the banks down.
Ordinary people who rely on working for a living and rent their houses have been made to pay off the deficit ever since.