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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Sir Ian Whitworth - DHSS Secretary
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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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Bernard Woolley: Do you think you will win this one? The tobacco lobby is incredibly powerful.
James Hacker: Well, some you win, some you lose, Bernard. This one I shall definitely lose.
Bernard Woolley: Then why?
James Hacker: If you were the Treasury, which would you rather do without? One and a half billion pounds in tax cuts or four billion pounds in lost tobacco tax revenue?
Bernard Woolley: The tax cuts. It's smaller.
James Hacker: Exactly. That's what I want and that's what I shall get.
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