Russia report surely represents prima facie Johnson’s Misconduct in Public Office

Or how the Tories have completely broken the already shaky, British democratic system. I was aware some time ago that French television had filmed people in Aaron Banks ‘Go Skippy’ insurance (now prominent in offering European Health Insurance for next year’s holidays, as there’s no opportunity like one you’ve prepared for yourself) ringing people up… Read more

The seven Nolan principles of public life are no substitute for a decent constitution

When in 1994, John Major set up the ‘Committee on Standards in Public Life’, Lord Nolan, former appeal Justice, came up with these seven principles of public life: Selflessness Objectivity Integrity Honesty Accountability Openness Leadership Moreover, the committee is supposed to advise “the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life in… Read more

Prepare for waves – of redundancies for sure and in all probability Covid-19

We seem to have voted in a government that thinks its duties include the right to pillage society and its people. The may not be quite as bad as King John but everyone is definitely supposed to be aware that human worth has its market price. The people are all supposed to be prepared to… Read more

Constitutional defence

There is an interesting piece in the London Review of Books by Ferdinand Mount, Mrs Thatcher’s former policy advisor (and another Old Etonian), on Johnson’s government and, what has become a recurring theme on PP, his fascist tendencies. The article suggests: ‘Hobbes told us long ago, and everyone now understands, that there must be a… Read more

The sunlit uplands of England – as defined by Scotland

Another interesting moment from the recent Billy Bragg interview was how, as a good Essex boy, he called England a blank sheet which was currently largely defined by Scotland. England is of course home to more Scots than the populations of Scotland’s first and third cities combined. Dissent, he suggested, is a thread which runs… Read more