UKG showing common sense? Surely not?
Sir Humphrey: Bad news, Minister. Apparently, the Internet Service Providers are up in arms about your new censorship initiative.
Jim Hacker: Censorship?
SH: The, um, sensitive-site blocking proposals?
JH: Oh, the child protection measures!
SH: Quite so, Minister.
JH: Well, what are they complaining about this time? The last time I spoke to them, they were whinging about how porn was using so much of their - uh -
JH: Bandwidth, yes - that they couldn't afford to pay their electricity bills!
SH: The last time you spoke to them, Minister, was just before the previous Election.
JH: That's as it may be, Sir Humphrey, but I wish I knew why they've changed their tune so suddenly.
SH: Bandwidth has become cheaper in the past few years Minister, but then you - sorry, the present Government - introduced legislation to force them to record and store every web search, email and file request for every user, for a decade. I think they might have taken it a little personally.
JH: Heavens above! It's not that big a thing, surely, blocking all the porn unless the customer opts in?
SH: It might be wise not to antagonise the ISPs, Minister.
JH: Why on Earth not?
SH: That new legislation - let us imagine a situation, Minister, where a Minister's internet use records were obtained by, say, a journalist friend of the head of an aggrieved Internet Service Provider? And published?
JH: I see what you mean, Sir Humphrey. I'm sure my own records would be quite unimpeachable -
SH: An interesting choice of words, Minister.
JH: - yes, well, um ... but there might be others...
JH: So what do we do? If that's what's at stake, how can we stop it now? It's policy!
SH: Perhaps, if I might suggest ... a public consultation? There's already something of an upswell of opinion against the proposals. Canvass the public, gather the opinions, then cancel the policy as a demonstration of popular democracy in action.
JH: Sir Humphrey - that's ... genius! Make it happen!
SH: Yes Minister.