Yes, Prime Minister: Season 1, Episode 3

The Smoke Screen (23 Jan. 1986)

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Sir Humphrey opposes P.M. Hacker's plan to cut taxes, so Hacker steers the Minister for Health into campaigning against smoking as a diversion.

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Paul Eddington ...
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Derek Fowlds ...
John Barron ...
Sir Ian Whitworth - DHSS Secretary
Clive Merrison ...
Dr. Peter Thorn - Minister of State at the DHSS
Peter Cellier ...
Bill Wallis ...
Leslie Potts - Minister for Sport
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Gerald - Chairman British Tobacco Group
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Sir Humphrey opposes P.M. Hacker's plan to cut taxes, so Hacker steers the Minister for Health into campaigning against smoking as a diversion.

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Sir Humphrey Appleby: [discussing how to stop the PM's anti-smoking legislation] I think the crucial argument is that we are living in a free country and we *must* be free to make our own decisions. After all, government shouldn't be a nursemaid, we don't want the nanny state.
Sir Frank Gordon: Oh, that's very good.
Sir Ian Whitworth: Excellent.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: The only problem is that that is also the argument for legalising the sale of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, arsenic and gelignite.
Sir Frank Gordon: Well maybe that's a good idea if we can put a big enough tax on them.
Sir Ian Whitworth: Politically ...
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