Jim Hacker: “Do tell me why the Foreign Office is worried [about sending an airborne battalion to St. George’s Island]? I am fascinated.”
Sir Humphrey: “Well, it is a very sensitive part of the world. Unstable.”
Jim Hacker: “They are always telling me how stable it is.”
Sir Humphrey: “Hum…well, yes, yes…indeed it is. But it is an unstable sort of stability.”
Name of local taxation mentioned in the YPM episode Power to the People and The National Education Service.
As the name says these are red colored boxes or suitcases that contain all government papers that a minister must work on at home. As a minister Jim Hacker usually had around 3-5 red boxes to take home each night.
Red Hot Line
See Hot Line.
An acronym for bureaucracy.
Another word for communists, mentioned in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy.
Regional Contracts Officer
Civil servant with a responsibility for contracts under regional laws. Sir Humphrey was a regional contracts officer at the Scottish office, as mentioned in the YM episode The Skeleton in the Cupboard.
Acronym for Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organization. Quangos’ official purpose is to allow for the public to influence government planning and legislation. Unofficially however quango vacancies are used to reward political friends or to buy some people’s loyalty or support. Quangos are excellently covered in the YM episode Jobs for the Boys, were Sir Desmond Glazebrook is looking for a quango appointment. Frank Weisel despises the quango practice and tries to change it in that same episode. However he fails and becomes member of a quango.
Quango Abolition Paper
Paper that Frank Weisel wrote to end the misuse of quangos for rewarding political friends. He tries to end all the jobs for the boys, but ends up with getting a job for the boys. Featured in the YM episode Jobs for the Boys.
Weekly event in the House of Commons where the Prime Minister can be asked questions relating to current events. In the YPM episode The Tangled Web Jim Hacker describes his triumph during Question Time.