Sir Humphrey Appleby is approached the head of the British Chemical Corporation to secure the Minister's support for the production of proponol, also known as metadioxin. Although the chemical is harmless, the BCC is concerned that the word "dioxin" would raise unwarranted fears among the uninformed public. Appleby convinces the Minister that there is absolutely nothing to worry about but as protests against the chemical contract begin to mount - and as 10 Downing Street has clearly indicated to the Minister that he is not to proceed - Minister Hacker must move quickly to ensure that an about to be released government report supports his new position. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode's title is an allusion to a famous quotation by Benjamin Disraeli
: "I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole". In Disraeli's case, it referred to achieving high political office (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) whilst being of Jewish parentage. See more
Ministers are not experts. They are chosen expressedly because they know nothing.