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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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Eddington ...
Derek Fowlds ...
Agnes Moorhouse
Deborah Norton ...
John Nettleton ...
Diana Hoddinott ...
Professor Marriott
Miranda Forbes ...


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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James Hacker: [after Dorothy has just explained a brilliant scheme to reform the government of Britain] And I shall be the great reformer. Hacker's Reform Bill. I shall introduce it myself. 'The power of this country does not lie in offices and institutions, it lies in the stout hearts and strong wills of the yeomen of Britain...
Annie Hacker: Women have the vote too!
James Hacker: The yeowomen of Britain... yeopersons... yeopeople... No, the people of this island race, on their broad and wise shoulders...
Annie Hacker: And you can't have wise ...
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