In "The Reichenbach Fall" (S2E3) of Sherlock, Mycroft meets with John in the Diogenes Club. In the course of their conversation, Mycroft says to John "we don't want a repeat of 1972.”
To what is he referring?
For context, here is the back-and-forth between the two:
Mycroft: Tradition, John, our traditions define us.
John: So total silence is traditional, is it? You can’t even say pass the sugar?
Mycroft: Three-quarters of the diplomatic service and half the government front bench all sharing one tea trolley, it’s for the best, believe me. We don’t want a repeat of 1972.