Yes Minister

Season 2 Episode 1

The Compassionate Society

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 23, 1981 on BBC Two



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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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