Yes Minister – Open Government

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Yes Minister – Open Government

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[Yes Minister – Open Government]

[Sir Bernard Woolley:] Source: LYBIO.net
What’s wrong with Open Government? I mean why shouldn’t the public know more about what’s going on?

[Sir Arnold:]
Are you serious?

[Sir Bernard Woolley:]
Well, yes, sir I mean, it is the minister’s policy after all.

[Sir Arnold:]
My dear boy, it is a contradiction in terms: you can be open or you can have government.

[Sir Bernard Woolley:]
But surely the citizens of a democracy have a right to know.

[Sir Humphrey Appleby:]
No. They have a right to be ignorant. Knowledge only means complicity in guilt; ignorance has a certain dignity.

[Sir Bernard Woolley:] Source: LYBIO.net
But if the Minister wants Open Government.

[Sir Humphrey Appleby:]
You just don’t give people what they want if it’s not good for them. You give Brandy to an alcoholic?

[Sir Bernard Woolley:]
If people don’t know what you’re doing, they don’t know what you’re doing wrong.

[Sir Bernard Woolley:]
Well, I’m – I’m sorry, Sir I’m the Minister’s Private Secretary and if that’s what he wants –

[Sir Humphrey Appleby:]
My dear fellow, you will not serve your Minister by helping him make a fool of himself. Look at the Ministers we had; everyone of them would of been a laughing stock in three months had it not been for the most rigid and impenetrable secrecy about what they were up to.

[Sir Bernard Woolley:] Source: LYBIO.net
What are we suppose to do?

[Sir Humphrey Appleby:]
Can you keep a secret?

[Sir Bernard Woolley:]
Of course.

[Sir Humphrey Appleby:] Source: LYBIO.net
So can I.

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