Yes, Prime Minister

The National Education Service

Season 2, Ep 7, Aired 1/8/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Sir Humphrey faces a conflict of interest when Hacker devises a plan to improve educational standards by abolishing the Department of Education and Science.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nigel Hawthorne

    Sir Humphrey Appleby

  • John Nettleton

    Sir Arnold Robinson

  • Paul Eddington

    Rt Hon James Hacker

  • Derek Fowlds

    Bernard Woolley

  • Diana Hoddinott

    Annie Hacker

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  • Quotes (7)

    • Jim Hacker: Do you think I could? Grasp the nettle? Take the bull by the horns? Bernard Woolley: Prime Minister, you can't take the bull by the horns if you're grasping the nettle. Jim Hacker: Oh, really, Bernard? Bernard Woolley: All I meant was, if you grasp the nettle with one hand, you could take the bull by one horn with the other hand, but not both horns because your hand isn't big enough. And if you did take the bull by one horn, it would be rather dangerous, because (he acts out a bull butting out at someone). Well, it was just a mixed metaphor and since we were discussing education, I, I just... (phone rings) Thank God.

    • (Sir Humphrey has just proven that, despite what the Prime Minister says, he still knows Latin.) Sir Humphrey Appleby:Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses. Jim Hacker: What does that mean? Sir Humphrey Appleby: If you'd kept your mouth shut, we might have thought you were clever. Jim Hacker: I beg your pardon?! Sir Humphrey Appleby: Oh, not you, Prime Minister. No, that's the translation. Bernard Woolley: No one would ever have thought Sir Humphrey was saying that about you. Sir Humphrey Appleby: Go away, Bernard, please.

    • (Discussing ways to reform the education system) Jim Hacker: No, the DES would block it. Dorothy Wainwright: Fine, get rid of them. Jim Hacker: What? Dorothy Wainwright: Get rid of the Department of Education. Jim Hacker: I don't understand you. Dorothy Wainwright: Get rid of it! Abolish it! Remove it! Expunge it! Eliminate it! Eradicate it! Exterminate it! Get rid of it! Jim Hacker: Get rid of it?

    • Sir Humphrey: Hello Bernard, I hear the Prime Minister wants to see me? Bernard Woolley: Yes, Sir Humphrey. Sir Humphrey: What's his problem? Bernard Woolley: Education. Sir Humphrey: Well, it's a bit late to do anything about that now.

    • Sir Humphrey: You just don't leave important matters in the hand of those clowns [local councils]. And as you've left education to them, one must assume that until now you've attached little importance to it. Jim Hacker: I think it is extremely important. It could loose me the next election. Sir Humphrey: Ah!! In my naivety, I thought you were concerned about the future of our children. Jim Hacker: Yes, that too. For they get the vote at eighteen.

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