When the Employment Secretary proposes moving large numbers of military units to the North as a way of creating local employment the PM sees it as a win-win. Not only would it create jobs, but the cost of the move would easily be recouped by selling off the more expensive properties in the south of England. The Civil Service is aghast and it's left to Sir Humphrey to sort out the mess. In addition to presenting a report to the PM showing that there are few savings to be had in the move, he also suggests that the Employment Secretary may out to get Hackers job, which causes the PM to re-evaluate his support for the plan. Written by
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Prime Minister, why was my request for a further discussion and your reply not minuted?
Sir Humphrey Appleby
Ah, Prime Minister... It is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection of them differs violently from every other member's recollection. Consequently we accept the convention that the official decisions are those and only those which have officially recorded in the minutes by the officials, from which it ...