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The Very Modern Michael Rimmer

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer was released during the autumn of 1970, just a few months after the Conservative Party had won the June general election and ended the Labour governments six years in power.

As I argue in this post on my personal blog, while coming from a time that may seem very distant, Rimmer deals with themes that have an extremely modern feel – specifically questions about the authenticity of politics and the extent to which political image represents reality. It also has something to say about the extent to which people really do want to participate in democracy or prefer leaving it to nicely packages fraudsters – like Michael Rimmer – out to feather their own nests. It is a deeply cynical movie.


Steven Fielding

Published inBritish Politics

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