The Conservatives Take the Name of The Wire in Vain

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When I knew of no-one else but my flatmate who watched The Wire, I felt I was privvy to something special. I am not so sure now that Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling has compared parts of Britain to West Baltimore.

Forgetting the matter of it all being much more subtle than a simple fight between drugs dealers and the knockos, of course parts of Britain are like The Wire. Stringer Bell is from Hackney, and Jimmy McNulty is from Sheffield.

UPDATE – Hopi Sen has more, in particular why Grayling was speaking such chocolate salty balls that he had watched only the initial episode. I bet he thinks “three holes” is code for the stash house.

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4 Responses to “The Conservatives Take the Name of The Wire in Vain”

  1. Niall Says:

    “Jimmy McNulty is from Sheffield.”

    Sheffield to Baltimore via Eton, it’s no wonder his accent is so malleable.

    I was a bit of a jcl with “The best TV series ever” ™ but even I find myself disturbed by such mainstream exposure as Conservative party agitprop. We’re just going to have to accept that at some point soon the secondary joy of The Wire, that is tutting at others for not having seen it, will be gone from us. The beeb in its wisdom has at least delayed this.

  2. Alec Says:

    I cannot imagine watching one episode a week (I watched the third season over the course of a long-weekend), which is what many viewers expect of serials.

    I spoke to someone who told me he gave up after the third episode of season one, and moved onto NCIS. And, do you know where he now, yo? He in them motherfucking vacants like some tight ass shit zombie!

    The Tories promised us a new dawn, they lied. Motherfuckers.

  3. sherby57 Says:

    While it is disturbing for the Tories to like the Wire, it just shows it’s status as the best show around, otherwise they wouldn’t be attempting to jump on the bandwagon!

  4. Alec Says:

    Yup, although Grayling certainly hadn’t got as far as the fifth season, which opened with the episode More for Less in which the Police budget was being slashed to fund education (in the Tories’ case, the NHS). Carcetti would be a Tory over here, and he ain’t liking it one bit!

    Now, how did Omar manage to pull that Spiderman shit?

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