Hackgate: When Life Imitates Yes, Minister

Events are unfolding too quickly for them to be written about. At the moment all I can think to do is to post this from Yes, Minister. It’s from The Whiskey Priest. If you don’t have it on DVD I’m sure you can find some dark corner of the internet where you can watch it:

Bernard Woolley: So what do we believe in?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: At this moment, Bernard, we believe in stopping the minister from informing the Prime Minister.
Bernard Woolley: But why?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Because once the Prime Minister knows, there will have to be an enquiry, like Watergate. The investigation of a trivial break-in led to one ghastly revelation after another and finally the downfall of a President. The golden rule is: Don’t lift lids off cans of worms. Everything is connected to everything else. Who said that?
Bernard Woolley: The Cabinet Secretary?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Nearly right. Actually, it was Lenin.

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One Response to Hackgate: When Life Imitates Yes, Minister

  1. Tapestry says:

    Lenin also said the best way to handle political opposition is to lead it yourself. Cameron has decided to focus all of the fall-out from Hackgate onto 1. the media. 2. News International. He has successfully done that by hiring Hugh Grant and others to focus the public outcry away from him, and getting Rupert Murdoch to act out the role of guilty party.

    Murdoch’s obliging as he knows if Cameron survives, so does he. The apparent bringing down of his operations can easily be repaired once the bruhaha dies down.

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