SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS MADAM SECRETARY!


 

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I’m a huge fan of the award winning TV series Madam Secretary.
Not only do I enjoy the plots, which are always up to date and compelling, but the chief focus is on the fictional female incumbent of the USA Secretary of State Ms Elizabeth McCord. The fact that the series promotes a feisty, fearless woman in one of the world’s most challenging political roles, cheers me immensely. Especially in the current period of Trump turmoil in the White House.

 
I recall that in Series One, an episode showed Madeleine Albright  mentoring her fictional counterpart with sage advice based on her own experience in the position. How’s that for authenticity? Ms Albright occupied the powerful and demanding position during from 1997 to 2001. She was the first woman to hold the cabinet post of U.S. secretary of state.

 
I’m well aware that TV series stretch and embellish fact, for the sake of dramatic impact. I know that TV stations/movie production companies all have a particular agenda they want to promote. I’m also  well aware that I’m watching fictional events play out on my TV screen. This said, I am struck over and over again, by the frequent reference in the dialogue to the importance of upholding a democracy, and how Madam Secretary often says things like: It’s a privilege to uphold or contribute Public Service. OMG. I can’t imagine any South African politician saying anything remotely like that.

 
South African politicians, I am very sorry to say, seem to enter politics for one reason and one reason only: to enrich themselves. Public Service and democratic principle are a foreign concept to them so far as one can see. Our country has gone through a black period of corruption and maladministration for 9 years. At the moment we are gingerly creeping out of the stinking swamp and scrabbling for dry land and a public service driven by ideals, hard work and recognition that the citizens of South Africa have a right to a better life and clean governance.

 

Reference is often made to our Constitution , very recently composed in the late 1990s, and held up as the best Constitution in the world. Maybe it is, on paper, but in the real world our politicians flout it at every turn.

 
Elizabeth Mc Cord: please pay us a visit – we desperately need you!

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6 responses to “SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS MADAM SECRETARY!

  1. Well-written, Alison. I’ve not watched the series (yet), but it sounds like our leaders certainly should!

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  2. Eileen Turner

    What a pity that we do not get this on TV as it looks very good.

    Love xx Eileen Turner E-mail: eileen.eileenturner.turner@gmail.com

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    On Thu, 22 Nov 2018 at 05:42, despatchesfromtimbuktu wrote:

    > alison41 posted: ” I’m a huge fan of the award winning TV series > Madam Secretary. Not only do I enjoy the plots, which are always up to date > and compelling, but the chief focus is on the fictional female incumbent of > the USA Secretary of State Ms E” >

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  3. You are the second person this week to recommend this show. Somehow I missed it when it was on tv but thanks god for Netflix. Might just what I need right now.

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  4. Hiya Alison – Thanks for sharing how much you like Madam Secretary. I am always looking for a good show to watch. These days I prefer tv series over movies because you get to know the characters better. You become more invested or involved with the stories in the tv series. I will return to your blog to let you know my thoughts on the series. Cheers!

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