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Was the Rt. Hon. James Hacker a tory or a liberal?

  1. kartik
    I've been rereading the Yes Prime Minister book. I always thought that Hacker was a conservative, now I'm starting to think the authors may have intended him to look more like a Labour PM. (Probably to avoid getting in to trouble with the Iron LAdy). Any thoughts.
     
  2. Big D Contributor
    I thought that the main point of it was that Whitehall ran the government while the Ministers were just public figures to provide a voice to those that did make the policy decisions.

    Maybe I missed something?

    I would agree that today he might be seen as a Labour PM, because let's be honest New Labour has done to the Conservatives what Oasis did to the Beatles!! [​IMG]
     
  3. plainsong
    Did this end up Outside because someone thought these were real people? [​IMG]
     
  4. Tuberoller
    Hmmmm! This is a book discussion? My bad. I'll knock it back.
     
  5. plainsong
    I'm not in the UK, but we get 2 UK news channels.. and as someone who thought Oasis had promise at first..

    That was too classic! [​IMG]

    Tuberoller, yeah it was also a tv series, Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. I think it also ran on some PBS channels in the US as well.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Big D
    I thought that the main point of it was that Whitehall ran the government while the Ministers were just public figures to provide a voice to those that did make the policy decisions.

    Maybe I missed something?

    I would agree that today he might be seen as a Labour PM, because let's be honest New Labour has done to the Conservatives what Oasis did to the Beatles!! [​IMG]




     
  6. kartik
    My intial theory that he was a tory sprung from the backdoor route and extreme boringness that he and John Major shared. Moreover he is often a bitter critic of the unions and quite ambiguous to industry. In contrast, most of his upbringing seems far less egalitarian and at times clearly lacks sophistry that I'd expect from a Tory PM. Maybe the authors had him be a PM from a party while being ambiguous to his political affiliations to make sure the book stayed relevant irrespective of the dominant party at any given time.
     

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