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.”

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.”

The three most unreliable things in public life: Political Memoirs, Official Denials and Manifesto Promises.
Words to live by
Hacker: Do you mean to tell me, that when the chips are down, you're on MY side, not Humphrey's?
Bernard: Minister, it's my job to see the chips stay up.

<…> 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.” <…>

Jim Hacker: Why is it that ministers can't ever go anywhere without their briefs?
Bernard: It's in case they get caught with their trousers down.
brianjohnspencer:

"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

brianjohnspencer:

"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.

Anglo-French Diplomacy

‘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

‘Almost anything can be attacked as a loss of amenity and almost anything can be defended as not a significant loss of amenity. One must appreciate the significance of significant.’
Lynn J., Jay A. 1981. The Complete Yes Minister London, Great Britain: BBC Books (1991) p. 133
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