Harry is faced with political ruin, but bests his enemies in a way no-one can anticipate.
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The ending is very significantly different from the original novel. In the novel when Browne confronts him with the fake Swiss bank accounts, Perkins agrees to resign on grounds of ill health, and then goes into obscurity. See more
The Cabinet - Harry Perkins
In South America, they'd call this a coup d'état.
The Public Servants - Browne
But no firing squad, no torture or retribution. No bloodshed. A very British coup, wouldn't you say?