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A Tv Series Made In 1977

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Is this our dark future foretold?

A BBC drama made in 1977 starring Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle, heroic leader of a resistance movement in totalitarian Britain

In the series’ fictional timeline the Unions have brought the country to a standstill. The economy has totally collapsed, and a strong arm, union-led left wing government has taken power. No one can work, buy food or be housed without union cards and authorisation. A three day week has been imposed and having more than one job is illegal. Also, everyone has to sign a form declaring that they will not leave the country for ten years after they graduate, thus preventing a brain drain.

If you transgress one time too many all your cards are revoked and you join the 80,000 non-people living rough on London’s steets as a warning to the rest of the populace.

People make impassioned speeches about just wanting to pay their own way, and being criminalised for getting on their bikes and cleaning windows on rest days, and at one point Kyle sympathises with the poor landed aristocracy who’ve been turfed out of their crumbling piles. It’s not hard to conclude that Greatorex voted for Maggie.

The vision of a union controlled sub-communist future must have seemed ultra relevant to audiences bracing themselves for the winter of discontent. Now it seems almost quaint.

Prisons are largely obselete, with most punishments consisting of a month or two being forced to take ‘misery pills’. Racism against black people is also a distant memory; now it’s the Aussies and other former colonials who are despised, although it’s unclear exactly why.

Public order is maintained by the Public Control Department (PCD), a civil service dept working for the Home Office; essentially they are a bunch of bully boys monitoring and surveilling the population, keeping people in line with intimidation and bureaucracy.

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I seem to recall a TV series years ago featuring a government that was removed by the military because it had gone "too far." The name of the fictional PM was, IIRC, "Blair."

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Is this our dark future foretold?

A BBC drama made in 1977 starring Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle, heroic leader of a resistance movement in totalitarian Britain

Given the winter of discontent was 1978-1979 it wasnt looking that far into the future.

The fact we have another labour government at the end of its life destroying the country again is the mystery. But as people have always said, if you dont learn from history you are doomed to repeat it.

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Given the winter of discontent was 1978-1979 it wasnt looking that far into the future.

The fact we have another labour government at the end of its life destroying the country again is the mystery. But as people have always said, if you dont learn from history you are doomed to repeat it.

It didn't deal with trade unions, as I recall. It was all about surveillance and control by the state. At its heart was a government institution called the Public Control Department.

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