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Trespasser
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posted 25 August 2001 11:38 AM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
... anyone? I'm a fan, but YTV (channel 27 in Halifax) is showing it at 2.00 am! Remember any lines?
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skdadl
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posted 25 August 2001 11:56 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Sir Humphrey: "Yes, unfortunately although the answer was indeed clear, simple and straightforward, there is some difficulty in justifiably assigning to it the fourth of the epithets you applied to the statement, inasmuch as the precise correlation between the information you communicated and the facts insofar as they can be determined and demonstrated is such as to cause epistemological problems of sufficient magnitude to lay upon the logical and semantic resources of the English language a heavier burden than they can reasonably be expected to bear."
Jim Hacker: "Epistemological? What are you talking about?"
Sir Humphrey: "You told a lie."
Jim Hacker: "A lie??"
Sir Humphrey: "A lie."
Jim Hacker: "What do you mean a lie?"
Sir Humphrey: "I mean you ... lied. Yes I know, this is a difficult concept to get across to a politician. You ..... ah yes, you did not tell the truth."

I got that from the Yes Minister homepage.


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Trespasser
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posted 25 August 2001 02:39 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What a website! I had no idea it existed. I just got a book Yes, Prime Minister: The Diaries of the Right Hon. James Hacker, published by BBC Books in 1987. I actually borrowed it from a local politician's house this morning, so everything fits... Will be back with good excerpts soon. In the meantime, here's one for DrConway from Skdadl's website:

Sir Humphrey: "Didn't you read the Financial Times this morning?"
Sir Desmond Glazebrook: "Never do."
Sir Humphrey: "Well you're a banker, surely you read the Financial Times?"
Sir Desmond: "Can't understand it. Full of economic theory."
Sir Humphrey: "Why do you buy it?"
Sir Desmond: "Oh, you know, it's part of the uniform."


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Tommy_Paine
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posted 25 August 2001 06:50 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's the wittiest and most sophisticated bit of political humour I've ever seen.

I think CTV or CBC tried a rip off of it, set in Canada. I watched five minutes of it. It was abysmal.

I don't remember lines from Yes, Minister or Yes Prime Minister. It wasn't really about quick one liners that stood alone. It was too clever for that.


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Doug
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posted 25 August 2001 07:44 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Red tape holds the nation together!"

"If they don't know what you're doing, they don't know what you're doing wrong."

"There are two chairs that go with the two different types of Minister. One goes around in circles and the other sort of folds up instantly."


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Trespasser
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posted 25 August 2001 11:22 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
More goodies for true believers.

Bernard Woolley: "Minister, allow me to present Sir Humphrey Appleby, Permanent Under Secretary of State and head of the DAA."
Jim Hacker: "Hello, Sir Humphrey."
Sir Humphrey: "Hello and welcome."
Bernard Woolley: "I believe you know each other."
Sir Humphrey: "Yes, we did cross swords when the Minister gave me a grilling over the estimates in the Public Accounts Committee."
Jim Hacker: "I wouldn't say that."
Sir Humphrey: "You came up with all of the questions I hoped nobody would ask."
Jim Hacker: "Opposition is about asking awkward questions."
Sir Humphrey: "And government is about not answering them."
Jim Hacker: "Well, you answered all mine anyway."
Sir Humphrey: "I'm glad you thought so, Minister."
----

Frank Weisel: "Did you know that Martin has got the Foreign Office, Jack has got Health, and Fred has got Energy."
Annie Hacker: "Has anyone got brains?"
Jim Hacker: "You mean Education?"
Annie Hacker: "No, I know what I mean."
Jim Hacker: "Well, what's left? I mean, what have I got?
Annie Hacker: "Rhythm?"
----

Jim Hacker: "So when this next comes up at Question Time, you want me to tell Parliament that it's their fault that the Civil Service is too big?"
Sir Humphrey: "But it is the truth, Minister."
Jim Hacker: "I don't want the truth. I want something I can tell Parliament!"
----

Jim Hacker: "Tiny mistake? 75,000 pounds [wasted]! Give me an example of a big mistake."
Sir Humphrey: "Letting people find out about it."
----

[Talking about the reasons for leaving the Civil Service]
Sarah Harrison: "Quite honestly, Minister, I want a job where I don't spend endless hours circulating information that isn't relevant, about subjects that don't matter to people who aren't interested. I want a job where there is achievement, rather than merely activity. I am tired of pushing paper. I want to be able to point to something and say: I did that."
Sir Humphrey: "I don't understand..."
Sarah Harrison: "I know. That's why I'm leaving."
Jim Hacker: "Surely you're not saying that the government of Britain is unimportant?"
Sarah Harrison: "No, it's very important. It's just that I haven't met anyone who is doing it."
----

Jim Hacker: "I have made a policy decision. I am going to do something about the number of women in the Civil Service."
Sir Humphrey: "Surely there aren't all that many?"
----

Sir Humphrey: "Well, if I might suggest that we be realistic about this."
Jim Hacker: "By realistic you mean drop the whole scheme?"
Sir Humphrey: "Dear me, no. But perhaps a pause to regroup, a lull in which to reassess the situation and discuss alternative strategies, a space of time for mature reflection and deliberation."
Jim Hacker: "Yes, you mean drop the whole scheme."
----

Sir Humphrey: "We must, in my view, always have the right to promote the best man for the job, regardless of sex."
----

Jim Hacker: "As far as world politics goes, off course the Foreign Office is just an irrelevance. We have no real power, we are just a sort of American missile base."
----

Jim Hacker: "Humphrey, we are talking about 100,000 deaths a year."
Sir Humphrey: "Yes, but cigarette taxes pay for a third of the cost of the National Health Service. We are saving many more lives than we otherwise could because of those smokers who voluntary lay down their lives for their friends. Smokers are national benefactors."
----

Sir Humphrey: "Why do they want your job [PM] so much?"
Jim Hacker: "Because I am the only member of the government that can't be send to Northern Ireland next week."
----

Jim Hacker: "Well, anyway. Why are we bugging Hugh Halifax? Is he talking to the Russians?"
Sir Humphrey: "No, the French actually. That's much more serious."
Jim Hacker: "Why?"
Bernard Woolley: "The Russians already know what we are doing."


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rasmus
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posted 26 August 2001 12:16 AM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the moment of levity, Trespasser. I love Yes, Minister. I will continue our discussion, once I think of what to call the new thread...

BTW, there is a (relatively rare) British usage of the subjunctive up there, just fyi:


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Sir Humphrey: "Well, if I might suggest that we be realistic about this."

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