Yes, Prime Minister: Season 2, Episode 5

Power to the People (7 Jan. 1988)

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A local councilwoman is throwing her weight around, but P.M. Hacker's plan to make local government truly responsive to its constituency motivates her to cooperate with Sir Humphrey's opposition.

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The Prime Minister is dissatisfied with local government, particularly the fact that only political activists seem to participate, use it as a platform to simply make trouble for central government and also that the views of local councilors are skewed (usually to the left) away from your average citizen. A case in point is Agnes Moorhouse, a local councillor who has been a particular thorn in the government's side. Even Sir Humphrey can't convince her to stop undermining the local police, which, she openly admits, she wants to render ineffective as a means of causing trouble, maybe even revolution. When the PM is taken in with a concept that would empower local citizens and sees this as a way to make local government more democratic, Moorhouse is aghast since it could ruin her plans, as is Sir Humphrey who believes that it could take power and responsibility away from the civil service. Having finally found common ground, Sir Humphrey and Moorhouse agree to a truce and focus on ... Written by garykmcd and marktreut

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Agnes Moorhouse: Animals have rights too, you know. A battery chicken's life isn't worth living. Would you want to spend your life packed in with six hundred other desperate, squawking, smelly creatures, unable to breathe fresh air, unable to move, unable to stretch, unable to think?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Certainly not. That's why I never stood for parliament.
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