In Yes Minister parlance, the commitment to deficits went beyond a “brave” decision (losing the Liberals’ votes), it was a “courageous” one (potentially losing them the election).
–John Ivison, National Post, Oct. 17, 2015.
In the old Yes Minister sitcom, a “brave” decision was one that could lose the government of the day votes, while a “courageous” move could lose the election.
–May 5, 2015.
That sounds like it’s taken from an episode of Yes, Minister – “We dare not allow politicians to establish the principle that senior civil servants can be removed for incompetence.”
–Sept. 30, 2014.
We’re in Yes Minister territory – akin to suggesting a civil service strike would bring government to a standstill, were it not for the fact that it already is.
–Feb. 7, 2014.
But, to quote the old Yes Minister line, a career in politics is no preparation for government.
–Nov. 28, 2013.
In the end, we will likely be whitewashed with what was known in the TV show Yes Minister as the “Charge of the Light Brigade excuse” – “an unfortunate lapse by an individual that has now been dealt with under internal disciplinary procedures.”
–April 11, 2013.
Very brave, as Sir Humphrey might have put it on Yes, Minister.
–Nov. 20, 2012.
They are only the government in exile. The civil service are the opposition in residence,” said Jim Hacker, in the fictional, yet eerily authentic, Yes Minister.
–Oct. 16, 2012.
The public service must always have the best man for the job, regardless of sex, Sir Humphrey Appleby, the fictional Yes Minister bureaucrat, once quipped.
–Sept. 19, 2012.
But Mr. Clement should be commended for trying to engineer a culture shift in the public service — the reform of which was once compared by Yes Minister‘s Sir Humphrey Appleby to “drawing a knife through a bowl of marbles.”
–July 7, 2012.
Ms. Hall Findlay has made what Yes Minister‘s Sir Humphrey Appleby would call a “brave decision” – namely, one that risks losing votes.
–June 22, 2012.
The whole F-35 saga reads like an episode of Yes, Minister, in which the politicians pirouette to the tune played by the bureaucrats.
— Mar. 20, 2012.