Saturday, 28 September 2013

Addendum to my last posting

The following text is from the document that became known as the Nolan Principles.  It is reproduced from and covers the basics of the Nolan Principles.

The Seven Principles of Public Life

Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.

In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

These principles apply to all aspects of public life. The Committee has set them out here for the benefit of all who serve the public in any way.

Now, with reference to my previous posting - how many of these principles has Jackie Doyle-Price broken?

In fact, why not measure all the current Government against these principles and see how many actually measure up?

I'll give you a head start - Iain Duncan Smith, David Cameron, George Osborne and Jackie Doyle-Price all fail on at least three principles.

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