The BBC tonight starts screening a Danish political drama, Borgen, after the phenomenal success of the crime series, The Killing.
Over the past year, four young Danish conductors have landed promising international posts and the former artistic director of the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Kasper Holten, was appointed head of the Royal Opera company in London. These are huge credits for a small nation. And they arise from a deep and disciplined cultural infrastructure, topped by the Royal Theatre.
Yet a petty-minded government is threatening to sacrifice all these gains by imposing drastic cuts on the Royal Theatre, slashing its chorus and performing cast and throwing away its competitive leadership in the region.
The prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, is married to the son of a British Labour Party leader, Neil Kinnock. I’d very much doubt that he’s impressed.
Meantime, here’s Kasper Holten denouncing the cuts on state TV.