JL & JA piece ‘Satire needs scandal’
Oh no, minister
Satire thrives on scandal, say Jonathan Lynn and Anthony Jay, writers of the 1980s sitcom Yes Minister — but outrageous events seem perfectly ordinary in politics today.
Much has been said about how different government was when we first wrote Yes Minister - since the late 1970s, people say, the civil service has been politicised and the introduction of special advisers (otherwise known as spads) has changed everything.
So when we considered writing the stage play Yes, Prime Minister, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the series, our first questions were: are things different now and, if so, would our task be more difficult? It turns out that most things haven't changed much at all.