How is it so bad in comparison?
They have completely the wrong actors for it. In the original, Paul Eddington has a certain naive innocence while Nigel Hawthorne has the political machinations and his delivery absolutely makes the show what it is. Yes, the writing is very clever, but without his delivery it just wouldn't work.
I have actually tried to watch it and it's just not as funny.
And is the original Yes Prime Minister any good, too? (i.e. seasons 4-6 or something.)
Yes, it is. Essentially what's happened is that Sir Humphrey has manuevered Jim Hacker MP to being the Prime Minister and still directing everything, only now he has more power to play with.
because I don't have such excellent memories of The New Statesman, which was one of the first British sitcoms to be shown in English with subtitles in France
Ah, yes, Alan B'Stard. Not Rik Mayall's finest hour, I thought. The Young Ones and Bottom were both funnier, though by the time I got around to seeing The New Statesman it was several years past its cultural relevance.
The characters are well played, they're all likeable and the gimmick is interesting (i.e. starting the episode with the Minister trying to do something better for the UK, and ending up having to compromise because of reality checks.)
It's actually a reasonable criticism of our country, where the undersecretaries and so on wheedle the MPs into not doing things even if the MP has the best of intentions.
Well, as of now, it's much easier to implement into Wedge than it would have been if you'd had to disable cookies by default..! :^^;:
There is that.
Might be a good opportunity to get rid of PHPSESSID though :P
Well, I've been looking into that. We have two choices, we can ditch the session rewriter part (and rename sessrewrite!!) and leave the underlying handling for guests, or we can entirely remove sessions for guests for a massive performance boost overall.
I'm tempted to go with the first one because of how upset people get when their meaningless statistics are threatened.