The British Minister for Digital Affairs, Culture, Media and Sports, Oliver Dowden (42 years old) is one of those politicians who never shines with his own light but becomes indispensable to put order in the day-to-day management.
Former Conservative Prime Ministers, David Cameron and Theresa May, used this “useful potato-faced fool” - this is how he has been described by his fiercest detractors, such as media critic Mic Wright - to prepare their Wednesday control sessions before Parliament.
Boris Johnson put him at the head of a ministry that, by definition, is the spearhead in the “culture war” against the left.
And Dowden chooses his battles well.
The last has decided to plant it against Netflix, and its fourth season of the series
"It is a work of fiction with a wonderful production, but like any other television content, Netflix should make it very clear from the beginning that it is that, a fiction," said the minister in the
the tabloid Conservative who, beyond the rest of the media, has undertaken his particular crusade against the series.
The newspaper requires a
(a warning of the health risk that any product can pose) before each of the ten chapters that make up the new season.
Dowden has not gone that far with his claim, but he has expressed the same concern about the possible damage that the history-fiction of the House of Windsor can cause in the heads of a young generation of Britons.
"If this warning is not incorporated, I fear that a whole generation of viewers who did not experience these events could confuse fact with fiction," said Dowden, who has announced his intention to demand in writing to Netflix to introduce the warning.
There is no doubt that the scriptwriter of the series, Peter Morgan, takes sides, in his representation of recent British history, for the two versions that have most settled in the collective memory.
Lady Di was a poor girl who believed herself to be a fairy tale and ended up being the victim of a husband and a political family who despised her.
Margaret Thatcher was a bigoted, stubborn and self-conscious conservative politician who sowed division and hatred in the UK.
The problem with turning the story into fiction is that the closer that story is, the less space the artistic license has and the more inaccuracies or falsehoods squeak.
And Morgan, who has already admitted that at times he has had to "renounce accuracy, but never truth", has encountered a legion of critics - historians, politicians and anonymous voices from Prince Charles - who have lashed out. against their excesses.
For a simple and devastating reason: 29 million Britons have already downloaded the series, and that is 600,000 more than the total number of viewers who witnessed live the “wedding of the century” of Carlos and Diana in 1981.
"Viewers should have no doubt that what they are seeing is a dramatized invention made by people on the left who, in fact, do not like the monarchical institution or the family they intend to portray," he declared in his editorial
The Daily Mail
What is striking is that Morgan was awarded the Order of the British Empire four years ago, and that it was precisely the Prince of Wales who pinned the distinction on his lapel.
"It is not easy to be a screenwriter, is it?", The author has told what Carlos of England told him then.
"I tend to think that the most important thing is never what you tell, but what you stop telling," the heir to the British Crown commented.
And yet, in this case they have been the ornaments included to give strength to the story, such as the screams of Carlos to Diana in a display of psychological abuse, the long and daily telephone conversations of the prince with his then lover, Camilla Parker- Bowles, or Margaret Thatcher's request to the Queen that she dissolve Parliament to prevent Conservative MPs from forcing the resignation of the prime minister - a constitutionally unthinkable request - which have turned against Morgan.
In his favor, however, all who believe ridiculous have come to demand that Netflix make a clarification that any moderately sensible viewer takes for granted.
Historian Alex von Tunzelmann, who has become popular with her weekly column
of words that combine
which sound in English in a similar way) in
has warned on Twitter
Netflix has already told people that
The series is presented as a 'drama'.
Those who come out are actors.
Yes, I know, some people's heads can explode with all this ... ”.
Also historian Caroline Dodds, has mocked Dowden and asked him to write the same letter of claim to Hilary Mantel. The novelist who has portrayed the Tudor era in a masterful trilogy and who has become a sacred totem of British culture, probably hit the key last July in an interview
with the BBC's
. "If you want all the characters to be equally attractive and present them dispassionately, you will lack the imaginative ferocity necessary to attract readers," Mantel said. Morgan's ferocity has garnered public approval, but it has stirred up the