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:
Either they are so overworked they cannot cope or that advice must be falling on particularly stony ground because now having been in office just a year, Johnson has gone for a full hand and managed to ignore all seven.
That’s one achievement I suppose.
But it is one that is distinctly worrying because our oh so rickety constitution, dependent as it is on some limited integrity at the top, finds itself in a weak and vulnerable position when charlatans and shameless liars are in charge.
It is decidedly not a good combination for governmental health.
In the absence of getting rid of this government, of which there currently seems little immediate prospect, I can only suggest some might feel better supporting the ‘Good Law Project’, which gives some limited hope….