The UK is failing, and failing badly. A nation where the Nolan Principles are long forgotten.
First published in September 2021.
When do we say a nation has failed?
- Policies deliberately put children at risk;
- Policies penalise parents who try to safeguard children against government policy;
- The lack of access to routine and emergent healthcare;
- The lack of social nets for the poorest;
- 4 million children living in poverty;
- The reduction in life expectance from preventable disease;
- Fuel and energy shortages;
- Food supply shortages;
- Increased reliance on foodbanks;
- Government corruption with minimal consequence;
- Non-independence of state media;
- Non-independence of public health institutions in a pandemic;
- The lack of basic protections for frontline workers;
- The infiltration of scientific discourse by disinformation and misinformation lobby groups and pseudoscience;
- The lack of accountability for a media promoting misinformation;
- The gagging and victimisation of whistleblowers (e.g. NHS);
- The lack of media or political opposition to dangerous policies that have led to loss of life in a crisis;
- The rise in homelessness year on year;
- The lack of funding to allow basic 5 days a week education in schools;
- Corruption of supposedly meritocratic systems (e.g. the honours system);
- The concentration of power and lack of accountability of government;
- The loss in real wages for most workers;
- Consistent drops in productivity and weak economic growth;
- Opposition parties not opposing and having a limited impact on the discourse.
— AUTHOR —
▫ Dr Deepti Gurdasani, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, Statistical Genetics, Machine Learning, Queen Mary University of London.
GET THEM INVOLVED:
- The Seven Principles of Public Life, also known as the Nolan Principles | Committee on Standards in Public Life
[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 27 September 2021 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]
(Cover: Flickr/Number 10. - Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the Sir Winston Churchill Bust in the Capital Hill building in Washington as part of his trip to the US. | 22 September 2021. / Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.)