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"Yes Minister" The Writing on the Wall (1980)

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The writing is on the wall for the Department of Administrative Affairs this week

Author: S Skuse ( from Surrey, England
4 August 2006

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The Minister (Paul Eddington) is involved in the usual tussle with the Permanent Secretary (Nigel Hawthorne), this time over the Department's evidence to the Central Policy Review Staff. Hacker wants to do his own draft for the review, but the civil servants are aghast at this. As usual, the repartee between Hacker and Sir Humphrey is excellent, with Humphrey managing to imply that everything Hacker suggests is beneath contempt.

Sir Humphrey has successfully frustrated Hacker's previous plans for reform of the civil service, in earlier episodes, so the Minister is determined to force change through this time. However, his proposal for phased reductions in the civil service proves to be something of an own-goal, and it's left to Sir Humphrey to try to pull the Department's chestnuts out of the fire. But can even Humphrey successfully play-off the Central Policy Review Staff against the Prime Minister?

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