SATIRE SINGS SWAN SONG
GAMEofThrones isn’t the only appointment TV series we will be bidding farewell to in 2019. The truly brilliant Julia Louis-Dreyfus (pictured) and her Veep castmates will be exiting the White House after a final season of seven episodes, kicking off tonight. Contrary to sage advice, Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus) has decided to take a third tilt at securing the top job in the US and this time she is squaring her vote strategy at “real Americans”. Meanwhile, Jonah Ryan (the king of goof, played expertly by Timothy Simons) is also on the hustings. His big issue bandwagon – an attempt to win anti-vaxxer votes – will strike a resounding chord with Australian fans for its topicality. “You have the secondlowest vaccination rate in the nation,” the hapless politico tells a gathering. “When I am elected president, you will be No. 1!” Veep has always cut so very close to the bone with its exquisite writing, although it may have lost some fans along the way with all those naughty swear words. In an era where western political leaders employ fear-mongering and dog-whistling to keep their jobs, Veep gives frustrated voters characters they can laugh at, even as we appreciate the situations it satirises are all too real. Meyer remains the bad winner and sorest of losers in the final season, with Louis-Dreyfus warning fans there will be no evolution or epiphany for the character. If only politics was this damn funny.