Friday, August 12, 2016

Humphrey enlightens Hacker

Well, the world has not collapsed post the Brexit vote. But why did Britain join the EU (EEC) in the first place? Civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby explains to Minister Jim Hacker. 1:44


For a little more detail, here is a longer clip. Decades later the brilliance of Yes Minister still shines strongly. 4:00

14 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:41 am

    Not only Yes Prime Minister but Fawlty Towers, Steptoe and Son, Til Death Us Do Part, Morecombe and Wise, Dave Allen, parts of Monty Python or even The Goons on radio. Brilliant scripts, brilliant acting and no matter how many times you've seen them, still funny. - Ian

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    1. All terrific shows Ian, except I never enjoyed Monty Python.

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  2. I think it was Malcolm Fraser who, while Prime Minister, suggested that his ministers could learn from the program.
    Which is still true today.

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    1. EC, instead, I think government bureaucrats learnt rather a lot.

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  3. The rulers of the world are funny people they always remind me of the playground in kindergarten the same rules apply.
    Merle.............

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    1. Merle, I know what you mean.

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  4. Yes Minister started in 1980. I had already left Britain by that time and was living back in Australia, working as a public servant. So it seemed like serious social commentary to me, not comedy or farce :)

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    1. Hels, a bit like the tv show The Office, perhaps. Was there any real surprise? There was recently a local show with Rob Sitch in a similar vein. Seemed like normal corporate stuff to me.

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  5. Too early to tell re the consequences of the Brexit vote, though hasn't the pound collapsed by about 10% against the USD and other major currencies?

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    1. Marcellous, yes, it is too early but people expected something very immediate to happen. I guess some people are pleased the pound is down, such as exporters.

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  6. yep, that's as clear as mud.
    Some very clever explanations there, how they did that with straight faces I'll never know; makes me wish I'd watched the show when it was on TV. My kids could have explained it to me.

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    1. River, there were some absolute gems in the show, such as Sir Humphrey lauding Britain's best run hospital with best figures and results, which had no patients and never had.

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  7. The best comedy rings with truth. 'Yes Minister' and 'Yes Prime Minister' are shining examples.

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    1. Victor, and that is why the show was quite scary at times.

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