Recalling quotes from Yes Minister


Yes Minister, a British political satire sitcom written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn as a three seven-episode series, was first transmitted on BBC2 from 1980 to 1984. A sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, ran for 16 episodes from 1986 to 1988. All but one of the episodes lasted half an hour, and almost all ended with a variation of the title of the series spoken as the answer to a question posed by Minister (later, Prime Minister) Jim Hacker.

Nigel Hawthorne's facial expressions are such a part of the amusement of the series.

The stars were Paul Eddington (James Hacker), Sir Nigel Hawthorne (his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby) and Derek Fowlds (his Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley)


Contributor: Lesley Smith
Posted: 210513
Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey (with Bernard Wooley nearby) talking about honours system and the abbreviations of the Order of St Michael and St George: CMG, KCMG and GCMG

Bernard Woolley:
Of course in the service, CMG stands for Call Me God. And KCMG for Kindly Call Me God.

James Hacker:
What does GCMG stand for?

Bernard Woolley:
God Calls Me God.


James Hacker talking with Sir Humphrey about blocking the issue of awards

Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Minister, if you block honours pending economies, you might create a dangerous precedent.


James Hacker:
You mean that if we do the right thing this time, we might have to do the right thing again next time. It seems on that philosophy, nothing would ever get done at all.

Sir Humphrey Appleby:
On the contrary, many, many things must be done...

Sir Humphrey Appleby & James Hacker:
[spoken together] but nothing must be done for the first time.

Sir Humphrey Appleby:
No, no, Minister. What I mean is that I am fully seized of your aims and of course I will do my utmost to see that they are put into practice.

James Hacker:
If you would.

Sir Humphrey Appleby:
And to that end, I recommend that we set up an interdepartmental committee with fairly broad terms of reference so that at the end of the day we'll be in the position to think through the various implications and arrive at a decision based on long-term considerations rather than rush prematurely into precipitate and possibly ill-conceived action which might well have unforeseen repercussions.

James Hacker:
You mean no.

James Hacker explains who reads the newspapers


James Hacker to Sir Humphrey:
Don't tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers. The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country; The Times is read by the people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is read by people who own the country; the Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country, and the Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun?

Bernard Wooley interjects: Sun readers don't care who runs the country, as long as she's got big tits.
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