Born 9 December 1933.
Former Royal Air Force person.
Retired Church of England Clergyman.
Lives in Kirkcudbrightshire.
Grandfather, and now,
Citizen of “Nowhere” acccording to my Mrs. Theresa May, sometime PM of the UK.
Citizen of Europe according to me.
Thinks that Members of Parliament and especially Ministers of the Crown, who lie to Parliament should be barred from any sort of public office until a public recantation – three shots, then out for life. And that there needs to be a far more stringent selection procedure for prospective parliamentary candidates which looks into their private lives and past behavious and tests them against the Nolan Principles . . .
The Seven Principles of Public Life
Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They
should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their
family, or their friends.
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other
obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the
performance of their official duties.
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding
contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office
should make choices on merit.
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and
must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions
that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only
when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Holders of public office have 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
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and
These principles apply to all aspects of public life. The Committee has set them out
here for the benefit of all who serve the public in any way.