Yes Prime Minister Case Study

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Yes, minister is a British satirical sitcom that ran from 1980 and 1984 while its sequel Yes, Prime Minister ran from 1986 to 1988. It is set in the office of a British cabinet minister and it shows Jim Hacker (as a minister for administrative affairs) and his struggles to bring about changes in the government. His attempts are prevented by his Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby.

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Even though Yes, minister is 30 years old the political issues mentioned seem timeless. There are two episodes that in my opinion describe what British people think about the EU. I’m going to show you this clip from the episode The writing on the wall:
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UK’s main reason for joining the EU in the first place was that the EU was financially well off. After the UK joined the EU there was a boost in trade between the UK and the EU and the markets greatly benefited UK’s economy. The country didn’t really act as if it were a real member of the EU or rather it didn’t want to be. It didn’t accept the European concepts of the euro and Schengen because both of those would meddle with its independence so by refusing to accept them the country kept its sovereignty. Since EU’s economy isn’t blossoming anymore and the British people were getting more and more dissatisfied with their place in the EU they didn’t think there were a lot of benefits to the unity anymore. The UK only wanted certain benefits out of this union which it failed to get entirely – the country wanted the benefits that come with being a member of the EU but wouldn’t take the consequences. The Eurozone crisis and even more significantly the refugee crisis both contributed to the British distrust of the EU because they handled both of the crises poorly. Euroscepticism, as the result of previously mentioned crises, was also one of the reasons Brexit happened. The UK is the most Eurosceptic country according to polls. However, it’s not the only Eurosceptic country. Even though other countries from the EU don’t necessarily want to leave the union, some countries like…show more content…
I think the decision wasn’t really deep rooted but rather simple, people were afraid of the refugees so they voted out. Besides, there may be some truth in Yes, minister but it’s still a show that’s meant to be funny so some things are supposed to be exaggerated for the sake of humor. As I already mentioned there were other reasons besides the refugee crisis that also drove people to vote out but in my opinion none of them were as strong as the xenophobia. People began expressing their xenophobic beliefs and while younger generations don’t feel threatened by immigrants some older people still have ingrained some very problematic beliefs (for example they claimed that the immigrants are going to steal their jobs) and in this case those beliefs won. I feel it was kind of the same in Slovenia, when people protested against the refugees, in need of safe place to stay, moving in their cities or villages. I also feel that it was irresponsible of older people blinded by their xenophobic beliefs to vote based only on those beliefs and I think that many of them didn’t even properly think about the consequences of their actions, besides, the things they feared the most (immigrants stealing their jobs) wouldn’t even affect them but young people who mainly weren’t concerned with such trivial

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