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The party on the show is actually the Party from 1984.

Hacker will lead Britain into a totalitarian dictatorship, perhaps by accident.

Hacker is the Muggle Prime Minister from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Severely doubtful considering that Jim is made PM during... well, the exact year is confusing but we'll just assume that it might be the end of the early eighties to the middle of the eighties. Despite Thatcher and Blair's lengths of serving, Jim might only be around to the late eighties, maybe early nineties before having to resign for health reasons, since the main trio all share birthdates with their actors. Jim might also have suffered from leukemia the same as Paul did. But being PM in 96? No way.


Yes, Minister exists in the same world as The Thick of It.

Administrative Affairs eventually gets folded into what becomes Do SAC. An aged Sir Humphrey and Malcolm Tucker teaming up on someone? Epic.

  • An added possibility is that Malcolm Tucker was Sir Humphrey's protege, though I can't quite recall the latter's opinions on Scottish people.
    • Unlikely. Malcolm Tucker wasn't a civil servant, he was Director of Communications. If anything, he and Sir Humphrey would have clashed, which certainly would have been worth seeing. But this troper would be surprised if The Thick of It isn't the future of Yes, Minister.
Following on from the above WMG, Sir Humphrey is Malcolm Tucker's father
According to "The Skeleton in the Cupboard" from 1950 to 1956 Sir Humphrey was Assistant Principal at the Scottish Office (headquarters in Edinburgh). Malcolm's 50th birthday occurred during the third season of the The Thick of It in 2009, placing his birth in 1959. It's very possible Sir Humphrey could have met a Scottish woman during his time at the Scottish Office and they fell in love. Unfortunately, he had to move back to England for his career and she decided to stay in Scotland. Their paths crossed a couple of years later in 1958/1959 and the spark returned but they knew it could only be a one time thing. When she realised she was pregnant, she decided not to tell him and to raise the baby by herself.

Sir Humphrey is a Time Lord.
Hey, someone had to say it.
  • To keep history on track.

Hacker's Party is a Fictional "British Centrist Party"

  • We know that the series take place in an Alternate Universe where, instead of Margaret Thatcher, the British PM during the 1980s was the unseen PM of Jim Hacker and then Jim Hacker himself. We also know that the Conservative and Labour Parties exist and are prominent (they've been mentioned once). Finally, Hacker is clearly a complete Centrist. However during the episode in which he becomes PM, Hacker is described as the leader of the "centrist" wing of his Party. If he were a Conservative, that would make him clearly right-leaning, and if he were Labour, that would make him clearly left-leaning. In this Alternate Universe, there existed in the 1980s a third major Party, the British Centrist Party (probably encompassing the real world Liberal Democrats and the right wing of the Labour Party as well as the left wing of the Tories). And that Centrist Party won the elections during the 1980s. Interestingly, since that "centrist, pro-EU, pro-free-market" stance is very similar to Blair's New Labour and Major and Cameron's Tory Party, it's very likely that Hacker's Centrist Party remained in power since the 1980s, throughout the 1990s and 2000s until today (possibly with Centrist PM's Major, Blair and Cameron).
    • This troper thinks this is 100% the case - in the same way the DAA is invented to give scope to write episodes that touch all subjects rather than one real life area (similar to Do SAC in TTOI), Yes Minister was written in the middle of a faily solid Tory Period, so to have a credible minister that the script can poke fun at left and right, it had to be from a middle ground.

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