• It had long been established in the Civil Worlds that public business was to be transparent, and personal business opaque; but it was as well recognised that the two would always have a turbulent interface, and that the clique, the caucus, and the conspiracy were as ineradicable features of civility as the council or the committee.

    Ken MacLeod (2012). “Learning The World: A novel of first contact”, p.113, Hachette UK