Monday smile – Organizational structure, Humphrey-style

Bureaucrats

Jim Hacker: “Who else is in this department?”

Sir Humphrey Appleby: “Well briefly, Sir, I am the Permanent Under Secretary of State, known as the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private Secretary, I too have a Principal Private Secretary and he is the Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly responsible to me are 10 Deputy Secretaries, 87 Under Secretaries and 219 Assistant Secretaries. Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretary are plain Private Secretaries, and the Prime Minister will be appointing 2 Parliamentary Under Secretaries and you will be appointing your own Parliamentary Private Secretary.”

Jim Hacker: “Do they all type?”

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This is an extract from Yes, Minister, a UK television series from many moons ago (see also this post).

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