Classic scene from Yes, Prime Minister. It still remains my quick reference on the leanings of the British newspapers. (The Conservatives were in power when the TV series was made.)

Jim Hacker: "Don't tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers.

The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country,

The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country,

The Times is read by people who actually do run the country,

The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country,

The Financial Times is read by people who own the country,

The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country and

The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is."

Sir Humphrey: "Prime Minister, what about the people who read the Sun?"

Bernard Wooley: "Sun readers don't care who runs the country, as long as she's got big tits."

— Yes, Prime Minister

I enjoyed watching the series. It took a tongue-in-cheek view of public policy-making and yet so close to the truth that it is practically a must-watch for all public servants (especially those in governments under the Westminster parliamentary tradition). And yes, as a civil servant, seen my fair share of the sort of things that went on in the show ...

Another scene, also my favourite, from Yes, Minister

Frank Wiesel: "What did you think of it?" (referring to Wiesel's QUANGO[Quasi Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation] Abolition paper)
Sir Humphrey: "Most original and imaginative."
Frank Wiesel: "You liked it?!?"
Jim Hacker: "Frank, 'original' and 'imaginative' are Humphrey's two most damning criticisms."

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Comment by Chuang Shyue Chou on January 29, 2009 at 2:47am
The Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister have always been my favourites. Heheh. Nothing on TV comes close to them.

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