Ministerial Code - They be merely guidelines."
When Matt Hancock ‘resigned’ he left many unanswered questions about his conduct in office. When reading the Ministerial code of conduct that is signed by Boris himself we have to ask why Boris did not sack Hancock the moment that the incriminating photo appeared and the subsequent admission about his affair.
There is some malodorous air seeping from the corridors of Westminster these past eighteen months and more so the last few days. The PM yesterday, contradicting what was said on Friday and Saturday, as this tremendous calamity reared its ugly head it made the picture of disorder in number 10 come into sharp focus.
Foreword by The Prime Minister
“The mission of this Government is to deliver Brexit on 31st October for the purpose of uniting and re-energising our whole United Kingdom and making this country the greatest place on earth. We will seize the opportunities offered by Brexit, investing in education, technology and infrastructure, unlocking the talents of the whole nation and levelling up across our United Kingdom so that no town or community is ever again left behind or forgotten. In doing so, we will make our country the greatest place to invest or set up a business, the greatest place to send your kids to school and the greatest place in the world to live and bring up a family. To fulfil this mission, and win back the trust of the British people, we must uphold the very highest standards of propriety – and this code sets out how we must do so. There must be no bullying and no harassment; no leaking; no breach of collective responsibility. No misuse of taxpayer money and no actual or perceived conflicts of interest. The precious principles of public life enshrined in this document – integrity, objectivity, accountability, transparency, honesty and leadership in the public interest – must be honoured at all times; as must the political impartiality of our much admired civil service. Crucially, there must be no delay - and no misuse of process or procedure by any individual Minister that would seek to stall the collective decisions necessary to deliver Brexit and secure the wider changes needed across our United Kingdom. T