Sunday 21 January 2018

There’s still time for politicians to realise ‘House of Cards’ is entertainment, not a manual

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in the US version of ‘House of Cards’
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in the US version of ‘House of Cards’

Michael Dobbs

I used to think writing was easy. Writing ‘House of Cards’ 29 years ago, I’d simply take the reality of Westminster and water it down a little in order to make it credible. But no amount of hosing can wash this much blood off the walls.

Assassinations, castrations, pillow conspiracies and public crucifixions. I thought there were no surprises left, but I guess even old dogs must find new ways of chasing their balls.

Yet perhaps it was always that way. I remember as a 15-year-old being given a copy of Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’.

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