Behind the scenes

“Paradoxically, government is more open when it is less open. Open Government is rather like the live theatre: the audience gets a performance. And it gives a response. But, like the theatre, in order to have something to show openly there must first be much hidden activity. And all sorts of things have to be cut or altered in rehearsals, and not shown to the public until you have got them right.”

The Rt Hon James Hacker MP (from The Complete Yes Minister, ch. 5, Jonathan Lynn and Anthony Jay)