Sir Humphrey Appleby, fikcyjny bohater serialu BBC Yes Minister (a później Yes, Prime Minister) jest symbolem urzędnika przekonanego o wyższości biurokracji nad polityką, demokracją i w zasadzie wszystkim. Nie ma się więc co dziwić, że ma on wiele do powiedzenia na temat dostępu do informacji. Poniżej zamieszczam w oryginale kilka wyśmienitych cytatów (za Wikiquote). Mam dziwne wrażenie, że politycy PO oraz ich administracja skrycie (a czasami nawet jawnie) się pod nimi podpisują.

**Bernard:** 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. _[Bernard wheels in a petition from the archives against surveillance, containing 24 million signatures.]_ **Bernard:** Shall I file it? **Hacker:** Shall you file it? Shred it! **Bernard:** Shred it? **Hacker:** No one must ever be able to find it again! **Bernard:** In that case, Minister, I think it's best I file it. **Sir Humphrey:** Open government, Prime Minister. Freedom of information. We should always tell the press freely and frankly _anything_ that they could easily find out some other way.
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I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Public Law and Legal Theory at the University of Surrey School of Law, a member of the Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy, a Research Associate of the University of Oxford Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, and a Research Associate of the University of Oxford Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government.

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