James Forsyth James Forsyth

Westminster’s West Wing watching

Mark Lawson inveighs against the influence of the West Wing in his Guardian column today, arguing that the whole desire for TV debates between the party leaders comes from the British political class’s obsession with the show. Lawson is right that the show has had a huge influence on British politicos; on a small level, I think the whole fashion for pedeconferencing can be dated to the show’s arrival on our screens.

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