A TV drama that had its draw­backs

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

Lucy Man­gan (TV re­view, 8 Jan­uary) and Ca­role Cad­wal­ladr (G2, 8 Jan­uary) fall into the clas­sic trap of re­act­ing to a TV drama in­spired by real events as though it was a doc­u­men­tary. The one mis­take of the mak­ers of Brexit: the Un­civil War was the choice of ti­tle. It’s not (sim­ply) about Brexit.

It’s about the power of ir­ra­tional forces in po­lit­i­cal life. It’s about the hubris of an in­di­vid­ual who thinks he can ma­nip­u­late events but un­leashes dark forces he can­not con­trol. It’s about the irony of the slo­gan “take back con­trol”. A ver­i­ta­ble tragic drama with a flawed in­di­vid­ual at its cen­tre. Richard Nor­man

Can­ter­bury

As Ca­role Cad­wal­ladr sug­gests, we might be “leav­ing Europe on the back of an il­le­gal and cor­rupted vote”. This was brushed over in the drama. Can some­body bring a court case against this fraud of a vote? Our de­scen­dants will never for­give us oth­er­wise. Cather­ine Roome

Sta­ple­hurst, Kent

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