Sarcasm, understatement and irony can be traced back to the Viking era claims Claus Grube, the Danish Ambassador, as he says the similar sense of humour between Denmark and the UK originates from our shared cultural heritage
Government scandal in the United States that triggered Richard Nixon to resign as President. Watergate is now a synonym for a government cover-up, and as such mentioned in the YM episode Jobs for the Boys and The Whisky Priest.
West German Chancellor
The Prime Minister of West Germany as mentioned in the YPM episodeThe Grand Design.
General term for the central government and political life of Britain. It more or less has the same impact as Whitehall, except that Whitehall refers more to the Ministerial and bureaucratic circles while Westminster also refers to politics (MPs, Lords and such).
Rank in the civil service. Undersecretaries have a rank that is just below Deputy Secretaries. Of the 578 Undersecretaries in the Civil Service only 27 are women, as is mentioned in the YM episode Equal Opportunities. See Civil Service.
Other term for the House of Lords mentioned in the YPM episode The Grand Design.
Rank in the Civil Service that is below the Undersecretary rank.
Synonym for (a member of) the Conservative Party. Mentioned in the YPM episode The National Education Service.
General term for all the local government civil servants and alderman, and the decisions and plans that are made there. The term has come into use because central government is known as Whitehall.
Title that Jim Hacker carries in the YM episode The Bed of Nails because he accepted the job of formulating and implementing an Integrated National Transport Policy. He soon finds out however why the Civil Service vernacular is Transport Muggins.
Defined by Sir Humphrey in the YPM episode A Real Partnership as “when the Treasury knows something has to be done, the Cabinet should not be given too much time to think about it”. Effectively it means that Treasury documents are released at the last possible moment.
Sir Humphrey: “It is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member’s recollection of them differs violently from every other member’s recollection. Consequently, we accept the convention that the official decisions are those and only those which have been officially recorded in the minutes by the Officials, from which it emerges with an elegant inevitability that any decision which has been officially reached will have been officially recorded in the minutes by the Officials and any decision which is not recorded in the minutes is not been officially reached even if one or more members believe they can recollect it, so in this particular case, if the decision had been officially reached it would have been officially recorded in the minutes by the Officials. And it isn’t so it wasn’t.”
The main topic of the YM episode Big Brother in conjunction with the National Integrated Database. Jim Hacker wants to install safeguards within the database, but Sir Humphrey is resisting to it. In the YM episode The Death List Jim Hacker wants to introduce safeguards on electronic surveillance.
Jim Hacker: “Humphrey, is everything all right about the Solihull-project?” Sir Humphrey: “Yes Minister, I understand that the building works are proceeding quite satisfactory.” Jim Hacker: “No, no, that’s not what I meant. Is something going on?” Sir Humphrey: “Building is going on, Minister.” Jim Hacker: “No, no, Humphrey. I mean something is up, isn’t it?” Sir Humphrey: “Yes indeed, Minister.” Jim Hacker: “What?” Sir Humphrey: “Well the first floor is up and second floor is almost…” Jim Hacker: “No Humphrey, I am talking about the whole basis of the thing.” Sir Humphrey: “Oh, I see.” Jim Hacker: “What can you tell me about that?” Sir Humphrey: “Ah…well, as I understand it Minister, the basis is an aggregate of gravel and cement on six feet of best builder’s…” Jim Hacker: “Humphrey, I think you know I am talking about the finance!”
“Parliamentary democracy is, in truth, little more than a means of securing a periodical change in the management team, which is then allowed to preside over a system that remains in essence intact.”—Tony Benn (via in-the-midst-of-winter)
Nigel Hawthorne (Sir Humphrey Appleby), Derek Fowlds (Bernard Wooley), Paul Eddington (The Rt. Hon. Jim Hacker)
Illness has struck the Pensiers: at least two members of our household have spent the last six days walking around in various states of poor health. To fill up the gaping maw of daylight hours while I cough, snort, wheeze, and expel various unpleasant substances…