Yes Minister

Season 2 Episode 1

The Compassionate Society

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 23, 1981 on BBC Two
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When Jim learns that a brand new hospital still has no medical staff, but hundreds of civil servants working there, he proposes that half of the civil servants be sacked and use the money saved to open wards with medical staff.

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John Barron

John Barron

Permanent Secretary to the Health Secretary

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Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox

Roy the Driver

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Stephen Tate

Stephen Tate

Billy Fraser

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jim Hacker: How are we supposed to govern responsibly if backbenchers get all the facts?

    • Hacker: Couldn't we get the independent enquiry to exonerate the department?
      Humphrey: Do you mean rig it?
      Hacker: No, no, no, no, no. Well, yes.

    • Hacker: The National Health Service, Humphrey, is an advanced case of galloping bureaucracy.
      Humphrey: Oh, certainly not 'galloping'... a gentle canter at the most.

    • Hacker: Fortunately, Bernard, most of our journalists are so incompentent they'd have the gravest difficulty in finding out that today is Wednesday.
      Bernard: Uh, it's actually Thursday, Minister.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Sir Humphrey Appleby: The Minister doesn't know his ACAS from his NALGO.

      This is a pun on the name of two industrial relations bodies:

      ACAS = Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

      NALGO = National Association of Local Government Officers (a 1970s/1980s trades union, subsequently subsumed into Unison).

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