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Yes, prime minister

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Yes, prime minister

1939 Downing Street.

The prime minister is in the cabinet room. There is a knock on the door.

“Come in,” says the PM. “Ah, good morning Sir Humphrey. What brings you here at this late hour?
“I have grave news, prime minister. Germany has invaded Poland.”
The PM looked startled. When I replaced Mr Chamberlain, I promised “strong a stable” government. This wasn’t what I had in mind. “What shall I do,” she asked?”
Sir Humphrey stood next to her at the cabinet table. “You have no choice, prime minister.”

There was a long silence which appeared to last forever. Theresa May had enjoyed a surprising rise to power, by-passing Winston Churchill on the way to the top job, whilst Germany appeared to be rushing headlong to war.

“What do you mean, I have “no choice”, Sir Humphrey? she asked.
“Prime Minister,” he smiled in his usual way. “The world is under threat. We need to act immediately.”
She nodded. “I know what you mean. Let’s issue a statement.”
Sir Humphrey looked horrified. “A statement, prime minister. Is that all?”
“A strongly worded statement. How about “I am very clear that invading Poland was the wrong thing to do?””
“But Prime Minister,” spluttered Sir Humphrey. “We are on the brink of war…”
She cut him off. “Yes, I realise that but we have a special relationship with Germany. We think that Germany has got it very wrong and be very clear to Mr Hitler that invading Poland was the wring thing to do. I am very clear on that. Just because Germany is now led by a dangerous fascist who may be about to unleash a terrible war on the world, this action by Mr Hitler will not damage wider UK-German relations. Oh, and before you leave, make sure that you inform Mr Hitler that I am very clear that his state visit for 1940 is still going ahead.

“Yes, Prime Minister,” said Sir Humphrey.

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