The Twining Chronicles take on ACPO’s very own Nolan principles – ethics (c)

November 25, 2009

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 the office should take decisions based on career aspirations. Why not award a building contract to a mate?


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.

Holders must associate with dodgy lawyers.


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 must always make appointments  ot their top team from their golden circle of chums.


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 must never make decisions, for example where a Sergeant is caught on CCTV striking a member of the public in a serious disorder situation, especially where that MOP is provoking the use of violence against that officer; holders in any said office must not use their kahunas and suggest reasonable force was used. Holders must always shut up when to say something would cost them their career in the Home 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 must always withhold information, especially from Black people.


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 public interest.


Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Holders of the said office must never take responsiblity, instead they should lead from the front in disciplining front line staff, whilst never questioning  their golden circle

© The Twining Chronicles

Thanks and all credit for this post goes to a newcomer, an ex PC who is now fighting the cause of policing in his posts.



  1. Ooo I forgot to add; we can also suggest that our public order tactics of control and Force are simply not stiff upper lipped and British enough.

  2. The above was by Do neese O’Connor. Get it? Do knees!

  3. I am pleased that you refer to Honesty and Openness.

    What a pity that the archaic ‘liar’ has finally fallen into disuse. I liked the distinct ring to that word.

    Speaking of potting and kettling, I do recall UK police blogs bloated with views from bigoted police, that the crushing and beating of our citizens on the streets amounted to good policing. Only silly citizens and troublemakers would refuse to accept the necessity and justification for the police assaults and mass detentions.

    Naturally, not a single police officer was disguised and planted in the crowds as a troublesome agent provocateur.

    The eventual vindication of the public view that police behaved as crude, yobbish thugs is confirmed in official reports that police actions amounted to those of a criminal gang.

    Will apologies be forthcoming in respect of foul abuse suffered by citizens critical of G20 on Coppersblog and Gadget – pigs will fly first.

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