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
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[Hacker is about to ask for advice from his predecessor, a member of the Opposition party
The Opposition aren't the opposition.
No of course not, silly of me. They're just called the opposition.
They're only the opposition in exile. The Civil Service is the opposition in residence.