[Could Sir Humphrey be a Russian spy?]
Sir Humphrey Appleby: So, what do you think I should do, Arnold?
Sir Arnold Robinson: Difficult. Depends a bit on whether you actually *were* spying or not.
Sir Humphrey: Arnold, are you suggesting that I should have the Prime Minister crawling all over Salisbury Plain, with a mine detector in one hand and a packet of Winalot in the other?
Sir Arnold Robinson: It would probably do Britain less harm than anything else he is likely to be doing.
Geoffrey - Director General MI5: You could hold an inquiry into Sir Humphrey.
James Hacker: Could I?
Geoffrey - Director General MI5: But I wouldn't recommend it. Not at this stage. Things might get out. We don't want any more irresponsible ill-informed press speculation.
James Hacker: Even if it's accurate.
Geoffrey - Director General MI5: Oh, *especially* if it's accurate. There's nothing worse than *accurate* irresponsible ill-informed press speculation.