Yes Minister: Season 1, Episode 4

Big Brother (17 Mar. 1980)

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The Minister wants to give citizens access to their files on a new national database, but Sir Humphrey is at his obfuscating best. Accused by his political advisor and his wife of being a ... See full summary »

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The Minister wants to give citizens access to their files on a new national database, but Sir Humphrey is at his obfuscating best. Accused by his political advisor and his wife of being a mouthpiece for the civil service, Hacker decides that he is going get his way on this one. Taking the advice of his predecessor, now an Opposition MP, he successfully anticipates all of Sir Humphrey's roadblocks but in the end, he uses the civil servants' own tactics to get his way. Written by garykmcd

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James Hacker: Look Tom. You were in office for years. You know all the civil service tricks.
Tom Sargent - Opposition MP: Oh no, not all old boy. Just a few hundred.
James Hacker: How do you defeat them? How do you make them do something they don't want to do?
Tom Sargent - Opposition MP: My dear fellow. If I knew that I wouldn't be in opposition.
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