A Very Courageous Decision: The Inside Story of Yes, Minister Hardcover – November 1, 2014
by Graham McCann (Author)
West German ChancellorGovernment 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.
WestminsterThe Prime Minister of West Germany as mentioned in the YPM episodeThe Grand Design.
WhipGeneral 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).
WhitehallSee Chief Whip.
Wildlife InspectorsGeneral term for all the national government ministries and their offices. It is the name of the street were major departments are located (Home Office, Foreign Office, etc.).
Government inspectors that look at the state of the wildlife in Great Britain.
Yes Minister! Its been 32 years since this scene was first aired. 32 years and yet the parody is still true.
Its’ 2014 and only 25% of the most senior civil servants are women. But over half of all civil servants are women……
CountingWomenIn.org is long overdue.
Mentioned by Jim Hacker in the YM episode Equal Opportunities. The articles are:
- It takes longer to do things quickly;
- It is more expensive to do things cheaply;
- It is more democratic to do things in secret.
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.
Humpy got the hang of it