Yes, Prime Minister

Season 2 Episode 8

The Tangled Web

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 1988 on BBC Two

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    • Sir Humphrey: So I gather, you denied that Mr. Halifax's phone had been bugged.
      Jim Hacker: Well obviously, it was the one question today to which I could give a clear, simple, straightforward, honest answer.
      Sir Humphrey: Yes, unfortunately although the answer was indeed clear, simple and straightforward, there is some difficulty in justifiably assigning to it the fourth of the epithets you applied to the statement, inasmuch as the precise correlation between the information you communicated and the facts insofar as they can be determined and demonstrated is such as to cause epistemological problems of sufficient magnitude to lay upon the logical and semantic resources of the English language a heavier burden than they can reasonably be expected to bear.
      Jim Hacker: Epistemological? What are you talking about?
      Sir Humphrey: You told a lie.
      Jim Hacker: A lie??
      Sir Humphrey: A lie.
      Jim Hacker: What do you mean a lie?
      Sir Humphrey: I mean you ... lied. Yes I know, this is a difficult concept to get across to a politician. You ..... ah yes, you did not tell the truth.

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