If Britain’s political establishment is looking for ways of regaining the public’s trust they should look to restore the link between good conduct and status. Extra transparency is welcome but more important is decisive action against those who do not meet basic standards of behaviour. The failure of ineffective ministers to resign is an obvious source of disappointment. Today, courtesy of The Independent, we learn that Derek Conway MP has kept a £13,000pa bonus that he receives from the taxpayer "as a member of the "chairmen’s panel" appointed by the Speaker Michael Martin to oversee detailed debates on Bills."
The police must be politically impartial. That includes being even-handed in upholding the law on protests.
Sunak said yesterday that “our lives can no longer be put on hold”. But that’s just what Johnson’s ready to do if he thinks it necessary.
With the 10pm curfew starting tomorrow, Sunak’s “imaginative” measures will need to come within days
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