The Minister is appalled when, on the advice of his civil servants, he can't make a modest 5% to his department's budget. To Sir Humphrey's great disbelief, the Minister decides to recommend only those civil servants for the Queen's honors list who can find the 5% cut in their budgets. On another matter, Appleby is approached by the Master of his Oxford college who is finding it impossible to enroll students now that the Minister has instructed that all foreign students must pay the full cost of their studies. Hoping for an exemption from the requirement, they invite the Minister to an alcohol-fueled dinner and the promise of an honorary Doctor of Laws seems to do the trick. Written by
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In the scene in which Sir Humphrey is dining with the heads of Ballie College, Oxford, a reference is made to eating "Mother's Pride". This is a brand of bread in the UK. See more
[talking about honours and the abbreviations of the Order of St Michael and St George: CMG, KCMG and GCMG
Of course in the service, CMG stands for Call Me God. And KCMG for Kindly Call Me God.
What does GCMG stand for?
God Calls Me God.