We got to Oxford in little over an hour. The M40 is a very good road. So is the M4, come to think of it … I pointed out that the M11 has only just been completed. “Don’t Cambridge colleges give you a good dinner?”
“Of course”, said Bernard, “but it’s years and years since the Department of Transport had a Permanent Secretary from Cambridge.”
<…> Yes Minister co-creator Jonathan Lynn became interested in satire after meeting young politicos at Cambridge University: “They … were the most pompous, self-satisfied, self-important bunch of clowns that I’ve ever clapped eyes on.… I thought at that point that the only way that I could ever contribute to politics is making fun of the politicians.” <…>
"The sad final truth is that it doesn’t matter how hard you hit politicians — most are so arrogant, they would rather be drawn as a warthog than not drawn at all."
- Gerald Scarfe
Once you start interfering in the internal squabbles of other countries, you’re on a very slippery slope. Even the Foreign Secretary’s grasped that.
‘Humphrey,’ I asked, ‘do we never get our own way with the French?’
‘Sometimes,’ he allowed.
‘When was the last time?’
‘Battle of Waterloo. 1815.’
- Lynn J., Jay A. 1986. The Complete Yes Prime Minister London, Great Britain: BBC Books (1989) p. 331