Tuesday 25 July 2017

Parking tricky issues like pylons until after the elections? Sir Humphrey would approve

The British comedy ‘Yes Minister’ in which Sir Humphrey, right, always tried to stymie his idealistic minister, James Hacker, centre. PA
The British comedy ‘Yes Minister’ in which Sir Humphrey, right, always tried to stymie his idealistic minister, James Hacker, centre. PA
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

FOR those of a certain age, observing the Coalition this week was like watching an episode of 'Yes Minister', the BBC's brilliantly satirical political comedy from the 1980s.

Only this time the joke is on us.

The Government's long-fingering of both the pylons issue and the contentious Legal Services Bill was classic 'Sir Humphrey' – the technocratic, senior civil servant who saw it as his job to stymie his idealistic minister and maintain the status quo, regardless of the cost.

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