History Series / YesMinister

12th Mar '17 9:09:52 AM OtterOverthinker
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** While it eventually became a staple of the series, this line is [[BeamMeUpScotty averted for almost half of the episodes in season one]].
23rd Feb '17 3:27:05 AM DoctorNemesis
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--> '''Hacker:''' ''(confused)'' What?

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--> '''Hacker:''' ''(shocked)'' Ooh!\\
''[Pause]''
'''Hacker:'''
''(confused)'' What?
20th Feb '17 5:44:56 PM nombretomado
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Normally reserved and aloof, Sir Humphrey is visibly amused at Hacker's description of who reads [[BritishNewspapers the newspapers]].

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Normally reserved and aloof, Sir Humphrey is visibly amused at Hacker's description of who reads [[BritishNewspapers [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers the newspapers]].
3rd Feb '17 7:44:41 AM Mackus
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** When Jim finds out his style of governing is criticised as "dictatorial", he's rather pleased with himself. Being frequently frustrated with his orders being outright disobeyed, he seems to enjoy idea of being all powerful dictator, and comments that sometimes strong leadership is needed. As if to hammer the point, as he sits down he slips out rather happily "dictatorial, eh?".
13th Dec '16 4:51:08 AM 06tele
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** Humphrey actually isn't amoral: he sees his role as to ensure continuity of government and good order, so he's opposed to any kind of radical change, wherever on the political spectrum it's coming from. (Although Margaret Thatcher loved this show, Humphrey would have hated the way she drove a wrecking ball through government procedures in order to further her political agenda. Humphrey is conservative by temperament, unlike the Conservative party itself at the time this show was being made.)

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** Humphrey actually isn't amoral: he sees his believe it's the role as of the civil service to ensure continuity of government and good order, so he's opposed to any kind of radical change, wherever on the political spectrum it's coming from. (Although Margaret Thatcher loved this show, Humphrey would have hated the way she drove a wrecking ball through government civil service procedures in order to further her political agenda. Humphrey is conservative by temperament, unlike the Conservative party itself at the time this show was being made.)
13th Dec '16 3:29:29 AM 06tele
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* GreyAndGrayMorality: Sir Humphrey and Hacker, whilst both giving lip service to the good of Britain are both patently in it for their own ends, and the benefit of the Civil Service or the Party respectively. Hacker is slightly more sympathetic, as he actually possesses a conscience, but ignores it when it becomes politically inconvenient, as opposed to Humphrey, who is utterly callous and amoral. (In "The Whiskey Priest", Humphrey is [[InsultBackfire delighted]] to be called a "moral vacuum" - but he's genuinely shocked at the notion of a civil servant resigning on a point of principle.) Additionally, there are some episodes where it is Humphrey fighting for the good of Britain as a whole while Hacker maneuvers for partisan or personal gain. In "The Official Visit," for example, it is Humphrey who is outraged at the thought of paying fifty million pounds of taxpayers' money in extortion, whereas Hacker is in favor of it because of the benefits to his party. Likewise, in "The Greasy Pole," it is again Hacker selling out the national interest by blocking the construction of a politically unpopular but perfectly safe chemical plant in response to ignorant [=NIMBYism=], while Humphrey tries to persuade him to let the project go forward. Both of these are a reversal of their usual roles, where Hacker is trying (sort of) to fight for the national interest as he sees it, and Humphrey obstructs him.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: Sir Humphrey and Hacker, whilst both giving lip service to the good of Britain are both patently in it for their own ends, and the benefit of the Civil Service or the Party respectively. Hacker is slightly more sympathetic, as he actually possesses a conscience, but ignores it when it becomes politically inconvenient, as opposed to Humphrey, who is utterly appears relatively callous and amoral. (In "The Whiskey Priest", Humphrey is [[InsultBackfire delighted]] to be called a "moral vacuum" - but he's genuinely shocked at the notion of a civil servant resigning on a point of principle.) Additionally, there are some episodes where it is Humphrey fighting for the good of Britain as a whole while Hacker maneuvers for partisan or personal gain. In "The Official Visit," for example, it is Humphrey who is outraged at the thought of paying fifty million pounds of taxpayers' money in extortion, whereas Hacker is in favor of it because of the benefits to his party. Likewise, in "The Greasy Pole," it is again Hacker selling out the national interest by blocking the construction of a politically unpopular but perfectly safe chemical plant in response to ignorant [=NIMBYism=], while Humphrey tries to persuade him to let the project go forward. Both of these are a reversal of their usual roles, where Hacker is trying (sort of) to fight for the national interest as he sees it, and Humphrey obstructs him.him.
** Humphrey actually isn't amoral: he sees his role as to ensure continuity of government and good order, so he's opposed to any kind of radical change, wherever on the political spectrum it's coming from. (Although Margaret Thatcher loved this show, Humphrey would have hated the way she drove a wrecking ball through government procedures in order to further her political agenda. Humphrey is conservative by temperament, unlike the Conservative party itself at the time this show was being made.)
13th Dec '16 3:22:42 AM 06tele
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-->'''Humphrey''': Prime Minister, it is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every memberís recollection of them differs violently from every other memberís 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 has 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 isnít so it wasnít.

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-->'''Humphrey''': Prime Minister, it is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every memberís recollection of them differs violently from every other memberís 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 has 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 officials. And it isnít so it wasnít.
13th Dec '16 3:20:16 AM 06tele
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* SophisticatedAsHell: In "Man Overboard", Humphrey uses a non-swearing version of this to let Dudley the Employment Secretary realise that, due to existing administrative practices, his alleged intervention in an earlier cabinet discussion does not appear as part of the official record of the discussion and that he is, therefore, royally screwed:
-->'''Dudley''': Prime Minister, why was my request for a further discussion and your reply not minuted?\\
[''Hacker looks inquiringly at Humphrey'']
-->'''Humphrey''': Prime Minister, it is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every memberís recollection of them differs violently from every other memberís 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 has 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 isnít so it wasnít.
13th Dec '16 3:13:44 AM 06tele
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-->'''Humphrey''': The relationship[[note]]The one between Humphrey and Hacker, that is[[/note]] which I might tentatively venture to aver has been not without some degree of reciprocal utility[[not]]Humphrey wants to suggest that Hacker and he have been useful to each other, but is hesitant to speak for Hacker[[/note]] and perhaps even occasional gratification[[note]]Humphrey admits to occasionally liking working for Hacker[[/note]], is emerging a point of irreversible bifurcation[[note]]They will shortly not be working with each other any longer[[/note]] and, to be brief, is in the propinquity of its ultimate regrettable termination.[[note]]In fact, they will almost immediately not be working with each other any longer.[[/note]]

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-->'''Humphrey''': The relationship[[note]]The one between Humphrey and Hacker, that is[[/note]] which I might tentatively venture to aver has been not without some degree of reciprocal utility[[not]]Humphrey utility[[note]]Humphrey wants to suggest that Hacker and he have been useful to each other, but is hesitant to speak for Hacker[[/note]] and perhaps even occasional gratification[[note]]Humphrey admits to occasionally liking working for Hacker[[/note]], is emerging a point of irreversible bifurcation[[note]]They will shortly not be working with each other any longer[[/note]] and, to be brief, is in the propinquity of its ultimate regrettable termination.[[note]]In fact, they will almost immediately not be working with each other any longer.[[/note]]
13th Dec '16 3:13:00 AM 06tele
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* ExpospeakGag: Humphrey's overly long speeches are a hallmark of the series, often taking up to a hundred words to say something that can be boiled down to "Merry Christmas", or "I want my key back!"

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* ExpospeakGag: Humphrey's overly long speeches are a hallmark of the series, often taking up to a hundred words to say something that can be boiled down to "Merry Christmas", or "I want my key back!"back!" Annotatable thus:
-->'''Humphrey''': The relationship[[note]]The one between Humphrey and Hacker, that is[[/note]] which I might tentatively venture to aver has been not without some degree of reciprocal utility[[not]]Humphrey wants to suggest that Hacker and he have been useful to each other, but is hesitant to speak for Hacker[[/note]] and perhaps even occasional gratification[[note]]Humphrey admits to occasionally liking working for Hacker[[/note]], is emerging a point of irreversible bifurcation[[note]]They will shortly not be working with each other any longer[[/note]] and, to be brief, is in the propinquity of its ultimate regrettable termination.[[note]]In fact, they will almost immediately not be working with each other any longer.[[/note]]



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Sir Humphrey's (and occasionally Bernard's) preferred method of communication.

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Sir Humphrey's (and occasionally Bernard's) preferred method of communication. Justified, because Sir Humphrey is practised in describing things in officialese: see ExpospeakGag above.
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