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 has just hung up after calling Sir Humphrey at 2 a.m. about a paper about the national database
Oh, damn. I meant to tell him to come and see me about it before cabinet.
Don't ring him now!
No. Perhaps you're right. It is a bit late.
Give him another ten minutes...