How do we interpret this politically: On Saturday evening, the three parties still negotiating the final agreement on the Danish budget announced that they would be taking a break in the negotiations so that they could go home and watch the screening of an episode in the TV series “Matador”.
Matador – incidentally the Danish name for the game which is internationally known as Monopoly – is a series originally screened around 1980 and covering the social developments in a Danish provincial town (most likely the author Lise Nørgaard’s home town Roskilde) between 1929 and 1948.
The series has achieved an iconic status in Danish TV history – partly because of the quality of the acting, partly because it shows Denmark in “the good old days” (no explicit sex, no drugs, no rock’n’roll, no prefab estates – and especially no Muslims) – and has been repeated a seemingly endless number of times during the last 20 years. It is also available on DVD.
So, the question arises: Why would politicians pause negotiations in order to see an episode that they are likely to have on DVD already?
Symbolic politics are suspected.