- Selflessness – act solely in terms of the public interest.
- Integrity – not place themselves under [obligation] that might seek to influence them...
- Objectivity – In carrying out [business] holders should make choices on merit.
- Accountability – accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
- Openness – should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take.
- Honesty – a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
- Leadership – promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
It’s a high bar and one you could say sorely tests the frailty of human nature, but surely our leaders are up to the challenge? Sadly, it appears not. Over and over again the pattern of behaviour for some people in high office is the same; power corrupts, but also gives the impression of invulnerability. If a public figure of such visibility and regular scrutiny as Keith Vazeline can so easily hide for so long, how likely is it that the unknown ‘leaders’ of the European Union are ordaining restraint for us that they are unable to commit to themselves.