PM Hacker is dissatisfied with the rate progress in negotiations with the French over the planned Channel Tunnel. He also realizes the French are taking advantage of the situation by trying to create a diplomatic incident thereby gaining an upper hand in negotiations. The first issue is a gift from the French for the Queen. The French are insisting on giving her a puppy, but Britain's strict quarantine laws mean that it will have to go into quarantine for 6 months. The French agree to change the gift only if concessions are made on Tunnel issues. Fortunately, the little matter of a bomb on the grounds of the French Embassy gives Hacker an unexpected boost.Written by
The discussion between Sir Humphrey and Jim Hacker about the channel tunnel results in Hacker giving in to the French and the French border being in England, this is exactly the what has happened in fact,(fact imitating fiction). See more »
[on the phone, discussing the arrangements for a state funeral]
No, we can't have alphabetical seating in the Abbey. You'd have Iraq and Iran next to each other. Plus Israel and Jordan all sitting in the same pew. We'd be in danger of starting World War III. I know Ireland begins with an 'I' but no! Ireland doesn't make it any better; Ireland doesn't make anything any better.
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