What can we do to ensure our government acts with integrity? There needs to be an independent body with the power to remove ministers when they flout the ministerial code.
It is clear that our democracy is broken and that there is no accountability to the people in the highest form of Government. There needs to be a body which has the power to enforce the Ministerial Code on ministers.
If ministers create laws that they then break then they no longer retain the faith of many of the people. The current lack of accountability is shocking. People who make the law should set an example.
As Margaret Beckett, the Labour MP for Derby South, rightly told the House of Commons a week ago:
“We need greater emphasis on the need for high standards in public life and that that emphasis can be sustained only through a process that is rooted in independence and ensures greater scrutiny of all those who exercise responsibility on behalf of our electorate.”
Breaking the law, especially one you made, should automatically mean being removed as a minister and barred from high office. There needs to be an independent body with the power to remove ministers when they flout the ministerial code.
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▫ PMP News reporting.
- Text: This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 12 June 2022.
- Cover: Flickr/Number 10. - PM Boris Johnson. | 8 June 2022. (Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.)