Sir Humphrey: Ministers should never know more than they need to know. Then they can't tell anyone. Like secret agents, they could be captured and tortured.
Bernard: You mean by terrorists?
Sir Humphrey: By the BBC, Bernard.
(Glazebrook has just been offered a Quango position)
Glazebrook: Are there lots of papers?
Humphrey: Yes, but it wouldn't be awfully necessary to read them...
Glazebrook: But then I wouldn't have anything to say at the monthly meetings!
Humphrey: Splendid! I can see you're just the chap I'm looking for.
Hacker: You're blithering, Bernard.
Bernard: Yes, Minister.
Hacker: Why are you blithering, Bernard?
Bernard: It's my job, Minister.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: It takes two to quango, Minister.