Aug
30
2013
2

Time to put up the Yes, Minister’s Four-Stage Strategy clip again.

These clips are not always innocently funny, unfortunately.

Back in 2011, Mark Hemingway put up a transcript of that bit*:

Bernard Woolley: What if the Prime Minister insists we help them?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Then we follow the four-stage strategy.
Bernard Woolley: What’s that?
Sir Richard Wharton: Standard Foreign Office response in a time of crisis.
Sir Richard Wharton: In stage one we say nothing is going to happen.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Stage two, we say something may be about to happen, but we should do nothing about it.
Sir Richard Wharton: In stage three, we say that maybe we should do something about it, but there’s nothing we *can* do.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Stage four, we say maybe there was something we could have done, but it’s too late now.

(more…)

Jan
28
2013
--

“Party Games.”

I dunno whether this is high comedy, or emergency instruction for small-government types, or both: but here’s the Christmas episode from the original Yes Minister.  Riveting, even when you know how it ends.

Nov
30
2012
2

An obligatory “Yes, Minister” clip.

Provided for no other reason than it’s impressive, in its way.

Oct
04
2010
1

#rsrh Lies, d*mned lies, and statistics.

While I was privately discussing Gallup and Rasmussen’s apparent decision to flip their usual poll results this week, I was sent this clip. Oh, how true it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yhN1IDLQjo&feature=player_embedded

Also, why do I not own these?

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