The Complete Yes Prime Minister: The Diaries of the Right
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- The Complete Yes Prime Minister: The Diaries of the Right Hon.James Hacker
- Jonathan Lynn
- 03 June 2019 Jonathan Lynn
Scalpel sharp in observation, deceptively simple in construction at its frequent best Yes Prime Minister exhibits the classical perfection of a Mozart sonata Richard Last in The Times Its closely observed portrayal of what goes on in thecorridors of power has given me hours of pure joy Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP Yes Prime Minister is not only a continuing marvel ofediting by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay but also a collector s must John Coldstream in the Daily Telegraph Yes Prime Minister is a comedy in a class of its own Celia Brayfield in The Times I m using this, and the companion volume, as a training aid for politicians As true now as it was thirty years ago Margaret Thatcher called it a documentary. N.B This review includes both Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.As an avid fan of the Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister TV series, I was somewhat hesitant when it came to reading these books I thought it was not possible for the books be as entertaining, complex and well paced as was the series But now that I have read them, I must say that they really are quite excellent Probably because the writers of the TV series also wrote the books, so the spirit and tone of the original work has been beautifully preserved My main concern before reading the books, was the fact that they were written from Minister Hacker s point of view, but that turned out to be a very good choice, because he really is the one person who is as clueless as we readers are about the workings of the Civil Service so who better to give voice to our confusion and questions And to be inside Sir Humphrey s head the whole book, would have been, I think, quite scary But to those who like the clever Civil Service men best, there are some treats as well Sir Humphrey s memos and minutes, The Appleby papers , are there to clarify his thinking and the things that went on behind the Minister s back And every once in a while, even Bernard comments on the past events So, in a way, we get all the witty banter form the original series, and also some new insight into the characters minds.And the books are not just the scripts of the episodes, though of course the main focus is to create the same situations as in the TV series But it seems that the writers have had the chance to put in the books all the things that were cut from the series So there are new jokes and further observations on issues there to amuse the readers.So if you liked the TV series, or like clever satirical political parodies, or just want a beginner s course in the machinations of the British government, do read these books They are a lovely addition to the original series. More that met my expectations and delivered in minimum time This is the definitive text book on how British politics works.It is essential reading for students of politics to save wasting time on all those theoretical constitutional tomes, and for anyone who ever comes into contact with government it will reassure you that your experiences are not unique but are part of an overall pattern of creative inertia Sir Humphrey should be the role model for all civil servants who want to get on in their careers and want to prevent their political masters getting on in theirs There is no evidence that Sir Humphrey is a reincarnation of Machiavelli but it is highly likely How did earlier generations cope without this masterpiece Can never be read too often.