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"Yes, Prime Minister" A Conflict of Interest (TV Episode 1987) Poster

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Sir Humphrey: The only way to understand the Press is to remember that they pander to their readers' prejudices.

Jim Hacker: Don't tell me about the Press. I know *exactly* who reads the papers. The Daily Mirror is read by the people who think they run the country. The Guardian is read by people who think they *ought* to run the country. The Times is read by the people who actually *do* run the country. The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country. The Financial Times is read by people who *own* the country. The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by *another* country. The Daily Telegraph is read by the people who think it is.

Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun?

Bernard Woolley: Sun readers don't care who runs the country as long as she's got big tits.

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[discussing a potential appointment]

James Hacker: Would you recommend him?

Sir Desmond Glazebrook: No.

James Hacker: Why not?

Sir Desmond Glazebrook: City's a funny place, you know, Prime Minister. If you spill the beans you open up a whole can of worms. I mean, how can you let sleeping dogs lie if you let the cat out of the bag? Bring in a new broom and if you're not very careful you find you've thrown the baby out with the bathwater. If you change horses in the middle of the stream, next thing you know you're up the creek without a paddle.

James Hacker: And then the balloon goes up.

Sir Desmond Glazebrook: Obviously. They hit you for six. An own goal in fact.

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[discussing a financial scandal]

Sir Desmond Glazebrook: They've broken the rules.

Sir Humphrey: What, you mean the insider trading regulations?

Sir Desmond Glazebrook: No.

Sir Humphrey: Oh. Well, that's one relief.

Sir Desmond Glazebrook: I mean of course they've broken those, but they've broken the basic, the basic rule of the City.

Sir Humphrey: I didn't know there were any.

Sir Desmond Glazebrook: Just the one. If you're incompetent you have to be honest, and if you're crooked you have to be clever. See, if you're honest, then when you make a pig's breakfast of things the chaps rally round and help you out.

Sir Humphrey: If you're crooked?

Sir Desmond Glazebrook: Well, if you're making good profits for them, chaps don't start asking questions; they're not stupid. Well, not that stupid.

Sir Humphrey: So the ideal is a firm which is honest and clever.

Sir Desmond Glazebrook: Yes. Let me know if you ever come across one, won't you.

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James Hacker: Desmond Glazebrook as governor? I mean, he's such a fool. He only talks in clichés. He can talk in clichés till the cows come home.

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Dorothy Wainwright: [Referring to Desmond Glazebrook] He's too stupid to know whether he's honest or not.

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Jim Hacker: Dorothy, I'm not at all happy about my speech for the party conference. It contains absolutely no good news.

Dorothy Wainwright: We couldn't think of any.

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