Jim Hacker: So they insult me and then expect me to give them more money?
Sir Humphrey: Yes, I must say it's a rather undignified posture. But it is what artists always do: crawling towards the government on their knees, shaking their fists.
Jim Hacker: Beating me over the head with their begging bowls.
Bernard Woolley: Oh, I am sorry to be pedantic, Prime Minister, but they can't beat you over the head if they're on their knees. Unless of course they've got very long arms.