„We have to demonstrate to the public that our commitment is protecting public services in the face of a spending contraction which is inevitable.“

—  Philip Hammond, Guardian interview (2009)

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„Security services in principle exist for our protection but that is so only when they are accountable to the public for their considerable power.“

—  Heather Brooke American journalist 1970
The Revolution Will Be Digitised: Dispatches From the Information War, 1st Edition, Context: Why, then, are the world's governments intent on controlling and regulating the Internet? Free speech is most threatening to authoritarian systems such as autocracies, militaries, the police and security services. Security services in principle exist for our protection but that is so only when they are accountable to the public for their considerable power. We are seeing a push by these agencies to move beyond the rule of law, to be accountable to no one but themselves. National security is becoming the new word of God to which all must submit in blind obedience. The decisions made, the liberties eroded, the crimes committed in the name of national security cannot be challenged because the information on which they are based remains secret. Pages 236-237.

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„The truth is, through all these years of public service, the “service” part has always come easier to me than the “public” part.“

—  Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
Presidential campaign (April 12, 2015 – 2016), (July 28, 2016)

„Being covered in white paint, you demonstrate behaviour intended to create a public nuisance, which did in fact cause offence to members of the public, and created a breach of the peace and public order.“

—  Günter Brus Austrian artist 1938
Nervous Stillness on the Horizon (2006), P. 14 (Cit.after LockerWiener Aktionismus.Der zertrümmerte Spiegel.Wien1960-1971,op.cit., p. 299.)

„In the ever-expanding universe of Pentagon contracting, cost is never the problem, public exposure is.“

—  Jeffrey St. Clair American journalist 1959
The Making of Halliburton https://www.counterpunch.org/2005/07/14/the-making-of-halliburton/ (July 14, 2005), CounterPunch.

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„But if I have done the public any service this way, 'tis due to“

—  Isaac Newton British physicist and mathematician and founder of modern classical physics 1643 - 1727
Context: When I wrote my treatise about our System, I had an eye upon such principles as might work with considering men for the belief of a Deity and nothing can rejoice me more than to find it useful for that purpose. But if I have done the public any service this way, 'tis due to nothing but industry and a patient thought. Newton to Bentley, 10 December 1692 (first letter), The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, ed. H. W. Turnbull (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1961), 3:233. Referenced on p. 383 of Snobelen SD: " The Theology of Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica: A Preliminary Survey https://isaacnewtonstheology.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/theology-of-the-principia.pdf," pp. 377–412, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, Volume 52, Issue 4 (Jan 2010)

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„Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
Speech to the Los Angeles Town Club, Los Angeles, California (11 September 1952); Speeches of Adlai Stevenson (1952), p. 31

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„A truly democratic country must proactively inform the public so that the public can decide on spending priorities.“

—  Alfred de Zayas American United Nations official 1947
2015, Report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, Report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order exploring the adverse impacts of military expenditures on the realization of a democratic and equitable international order http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IntOrder/Pages/Reports.aspx.

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„Only puny secrets need protection. Big secrets are protected by public incredulity.“

—  Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980
Take Today : The Executive as Dropout (1972), Context: Only puny secrets need protection. Big secrets are protected by public incredulity. You can actually dissipate a situation by giving it maximal coverage. As to alarming people, that's done by rumours, not by coverage. (p. 92)

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„I said that this would be a Budget based on prudence for a purpose and that guides us also in our approach to public spending.“

—  Gordon Brown British Labour Party politician 1951
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Hansard, 6 ser, vol 308 col 111 (17 March 1998) From the 1998 Budget speech.

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„Girls have to get much more interested in public matters, in international matters, and [they must] affirm themselves by making frank, open, honest commitments in the area of the protection of women’s rights, in the area of politics and in all other sectors.“

—  Catherine Samba-Panza Central African politician 1954
2010s, 2016, Roundtable at GW (2016), Sometimes when women are questioned on this or that subject, we are less informed than the boys. As quoted on GWToday, "Leader of the Central African Republic in Roundtable at GW" https://gwtoday.gwu.edu/leader-central-african-republic-roundtable-gw, March 2, 2016.

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„The public pay for and elect the government and it is only by the people’s will that those in public office hold power. Public servants’ primary responsibility is to serve the people and we have a right to know what they are doing in our name and with our money. Public accountability does not end the day after an election.“

—  Heather Brooke American journalist 1970
Attributed, In the Media, Newsletter (UK) http://www.newsletter.co.uk/community/columnists/maurice-neill-upholding-our-right-to-accountability-1-3856967 "MAURICE NEILL: Upholding our right to accountability", 18 May 2012.

„Any system of public administration inevitably reflects its environment.“

—  Leonard D. White American historian 1891 - 1958
Leonard D. White (1932, 22), as cited in: Donald P. Moynihan. " Our Usable Past: A Historical Contextual Approach to Administrative Values https://www.lafollette.wisc.edu/images/publications/facstaff/moynihan/PAR69(5)UsablePast.pdf." Public Administration Review 69.5 (2009): 813-822.

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„It is an irony of history that the public sector union, my union, in which I am a member for over 50 years, that imagines that the public service should be the pacemaker in the wage increase. One must be crazy.“

—  Helmut Schmidt Chancellor of West Germany 1974-1982 1918 - 2015
speech "The catch-up process of the East has gone to end in 1996 - What to do?" at the 10. May 2004 for the "Erfurt Dialogues", thueringen.de http://www.thueringen.de/de/tsk/veranstaltungen/dialog/archiv/schmidt/

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