Wednesday, 9 December 2015

"Are you trying to say Happy Christmas" Humphrey?

As 2015 draws to a close, I wanted to post a quick update on this site. Since circumstances prevented me from continuing to publish PSL in June 2014, I have been greatly touched by the many messages of goodwill and support I've received from people all over the world about this site and how much they enjoyed reading it. Even today, some 18 months after it temporarily closed, it still clocks up over 5000 hits per month, which is wonderful to see.

Sadly, despite my hopes and aspirations to find the space to restart PSL, the time is still not right to do so  - I would love to, but my personal circumstances preclude it at present. But, I can assure you that the moment these change, I plan to restart the site and begin writing here again.

In the interim, please be assured that I look at this site regularly, the email ( is monitored regularly, and that I watch the many fascinating defence and security challenges in the world with interest.

Please spare a thought for those deployed this Christmas (both military and civilian), many of whom are in harms way to keep us all safe. Having been deployed at Christmas myself, I know that any messages of support you receive do make a difference - so please, if you know of friends or family deployed, please take the time to email or send them a card, because it makes a massive difference to their morale.

Finally, in the words of the great Sir Humphrey Appleby himself,

"I wonder if I might crave your momentary indulgence in order to discharge a by no means disagreeable obligation which has, over the years, become more or less established practice in government service as we approach the terminal period of the year — calendar, of course, not financial — in fact, not to put too fine a point on it, Week Fifty-One — and submit to you, with all appropriate deference, for your consideration at a convenient juncture, a sincere and sanguine expectation — indeed confidence — indeed one might go so far as to say hope — that the aforementioned period may be, at the end of the day, when all relevant factors have been taken into consideration, susceptible to being deemed to be such as to merit a final verdict of having been by no means unsatisfactory in its overall outcome and, in the final analysis, to give grounds for being judged, on mature reflection, to have been conducive to generating a degree of gratification which will be seen in retrospect to have been significantly higher than the general average
Jim Hacker: Are you trying to say "Happy Christmas," Humphrey?
Sir Humphrey: Yes, Minister."


  1. My goodness, was surprised to see an email regarding an post here. Glad you are well, albeit busy.

    Indeed thoughts to all, civil/military/emergency services. All the best Sir H and hope to read your opinions once things enable you to blog once more.

  2. "...God rest ye merry gentlemen, and other festive wishes..."


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  5. Only just seeing this Sir H.

    I for one still use your back history of informative and insightful articles as a point of reference on a semi-regular basis.

    Hurry up and start posting again! The world of defence commentary needs you.

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