Hidden Agenda


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Hidden Agenda

An ulterior motive for accomplishing a task. For example, a politician may appear to favor a piece of legislation because of the public good, but actually does so because it will benefit a company he owns. A hidden agenda does not have to be illegal or even unethical, but generally it does advance the interests of the person or persons pursuing it.
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But one player is secretly acting against the group, with the end game being a challenge to identify who has the titular hidden agenda.
Come clean, Peter, over the hidden agendas that have most probably been agreed behind closed doors over the past few years.
She said Pakistan has "no hidden agenda in Afghanistan," adding that both Islamabd and Kabul should stop blaming each other for cross-border problems.
We were concerned that this resolution should not be part of a hidden agenda to yet again institute regime change," South Africa s foreign affairs department said in a statement.
Lecturer Heather Pennington said: "As a college, we thought it would be nice to support a global charity - it's a small charity with no hidden agenda.
Watani is the UAE's initiative to promote community growth and empower the UAE identity and, if a senior official involved with the campaign is to be believed, it has a hidden agenda.
CDATA[ Knowingly or not, Yeshiva University hosted a panel on homosexuality in the Orthodox world that had a hidden agenda.
Is there a hidden agenda to alienate all regular racegoers?
They have their own hidden agenda to cause conflict between the North and the South.
AT FIRST I was puzzled by the apparent naivety of the Archbishop of Canterbury in his comment about sharia law - but then I realised there is a hidden agenda here.
McShane suspects a hidden agenda behind the growth in mainland islands.
Local shrink Beverly Barlowe (Debrah Farentino) -- whose clientele extends beyond the town's jittery geniuses to the highest reaches of the government -- seems fond of him, but her every move appears to have a hidden agenda.