While on an official visit to a Middle East sheikdom to finalize a major contract for a UK firm, the Minister manages to get himself into trouble on several fronts. Learning that the country is dry, he arranges for liquor to be available on the sly. When they are presented with an expensive 17th century antique bowl, Mrs. Hacker gets Bernard Woolley to get the object valued at less than £50 allowing her to keep the gift. When the Minister learns that bribes were likely paid to obtain the contract, he insists that there be a full public inquiry. A little reminder from Sir Humphrey sets things straight. Written by
Did You Know?
In the BBC documentary "Yes, Minister - A View from Whitehall" (2011), Lord Bernard Donoughue stated that a similar situation with the liquor actually took place on a visit to Pakistan with Prime Minister James Callaghan. See more
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