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The public authorities are unaccountable and out of control, the regulators fail to act – Time to enforce the standards

The UK’s public authorities and the sectors they are supporting are failing to act according to the law and in the public interest. Regulators are presiding over widespread corporate failure and complaints are in vein, treated with distain.

Professor Prem Sikka highlighted some of these failings, focused on the insolvency sector in his article of February last year, yet Intelligence UK has found the issue to be far more severe and wide ranging. We focused our investigation on the legal regulators, the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. We found, across several cases whereby complainants had genuine and serious misconduct complaints against solicitors and barristers, that the regulators worked to sweep the complaints under the carpet. It is as if they are acting to advocate misconduct by supporting the wrongdoers in preventing them from prosecution. There is, overall, a complete lack of accountability across not only the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority, but across the most of the UK’s public authorities.

The Nolan Principles, also known as the 7 principles of public life established a set of ethical standards that all public authorities must obey. First set out by Lord Nolan in 1995, the Nolan Principles underpins the Ministerial code. Lord Nolan was instrumental in setting standards to recommended full disclosure of MPs’ interests and contracts for providing parliamentary services, as well as a ban private sector work by former ministers going to a private role whilst utilizing their creditors to lever financial advantages.

Nowadays the ground-breaking work of Lord Nolan is being diminished. The Committee on Standards in Public Life, is the UK’s independent advisory non-departmental public body to regulate the authorities, with a secretariat and budget provided by the Cabinet Office. It is responsible for advising the Prime Minister on ethical issues relating to standards in public life and conducting broad inquiries into standards of conduct. Effectively the Committee on Standards in Public Life is the only watchdog and regulator of these standards and they absolutely fail to act in the public interest, nor to deal with any complaint of a breach of those standards. When Intelligence UK contacted them in relation to widespread proven breaches across several cases, they evaded our complaints and stated there is nothing they could do. It was stated by one of their senior officers that we were to “raise the complaint with the authority we are complaining of” implying that the authority would investigate its own misconduct against the public interest. The outcome would of course be pre-determined, they investigate themselves and find no wrongdoing. This is the pattern we have seen from BEIS, the ministerial department for the Insolvency Servicethe Bar Standards Boardthe Law Societythe Solicitor’s Regulation Authority and the ICAEW, the regulator of chartered accountants that also governs conduct of and licenses insolvency practitioners.

The principle of nemo judex in causa sua, meaning literally that “I shall not be a judge of my own cause” does apply to this misfeasance. It is this diminishment of the core principles of public life and the core principles of those failing public authorities that is cause of lawlessness and prevalent abuse perpetrated by those within and those they regulate. On the same basis, it is the failings of police and the courts to enforce the promote the rule of laws of the United Kingdom that paves the way for white collar crime escalating beyond control. In short, a total sham and outright failings by the taxpayer sponsored public authorities to act in the public interests according to their own laws and core principles they purport to advocate.

The 7 Principles of Public Life:

The 7 principles of public life apply to anyone who works as a public office-holder. This includes people who are elected or appointed to public office, nationally and locally, and all people appointed to work in:

  • the civil service
  • local government
  • the police
  • the courts and probation services
  • non-departmental public bodies
  • health, education, social and care services

The principles also apply to all those in other sectors that deliver public services and those principles we implemented as a rule of law to prevent the public from abuse from public authorities and their officers. It is the lack of enforcement and the wilful failings of the only regulator, or should we say, the absence of any independent regulator to enforce the standards that paves the way for widespread office holder misfeasance and unaccountable public authorities. Those failings in turn creates the path for widespread lack of accountability, honesty, integrity and compromisation of standards within those public authorities and the sectors they purport to regulate.

The 7 principles of public life, listed below, are well devised and if implemented, would curb much of the gross malfeasance that we have established to run rife in these public authorities that purport to act in the public interest and in fact do the opposite:

1. Selflessness

Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.

2. Integrity

Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.

3. Objectivity

Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.

4. Accountability

Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.

5. Openness

Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.

6. Honesty

Holders of public office should be truthful.7. Leadership

Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

Transparency and open justice

The principle of open justice is a fundamental right that guarantees liberty and effective administration of justice.

Our courts must be transparent, the public has a right to access the open court, to see and hear trials as they unfold in live time, as well as having the ability to view transcripts and judgments online. Open justice is essential in preventing judicial corruption.  If a judge knows his judgment is going to be open to scrutiny, he or she will be more likely to behave in a constitutionally proper way and will be seen to be doing everything 100% above board.  

In reality, not enough is being done in the UK to advocate the principle. Personal recording of hearings is considered to be a contempt of court and in the magistrates courts, where all criminal trials start, no recordings take place and no transcripts are available.  It appears to be engineered that way.  The family, insolvency and first stage criminals courts are enshrined in secrecy. There is a massive need for change. Australian courts have websites with live videos, as well as blogs by retired judges to “preserve the concepts of open justice”.

Intelligence UK is doing our bit to promote the principles and over the next 12-months we will be getting behind judgments in many high profile cases, producing articles, getting the message out there and scrutinising how judges are arriving at their decisions. In the many cases we have investigated, justice is just not being done.

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That’s because in spite of its iffy earnings reports over the last five years, Synergy Research reported that IBM had 7 percent of the cloud infrastructure market in its most recent report, which it defines as Infrastructure.

20 years ago today, Steve introduced the world to iMac. It set Apple on a new course and forever changed the way people look at computers.

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The current state of AI design has two major downsides:

  • The feedback provided by a system is not very informative. It’s not clear how a system handles your request or what exactly happens with the information.
  • Feedback that the system provides doesn’t convey emotion. It is robotic. When a user interacts with such a system, it feels giving commands to a computer.
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Strategies for email campaigns vary, but the email newsletter lies at the heart of each. It is a sort of a decider: whether your readers will be back or ditch you and your company. But make sure that every email newsletter looks pleasing and is unobtrusive.

Certainly, they are not an answer to everything. The key feature of a website generator lies in universality. In principle, they should meet the requirements and expectations of the majority. When it comes to situations when you require something special or unique, this isn’t the option for you. What’s more, often the builders fail to provide all the essential stuff free. 

Today we explore the concept of motion design in the interfaces of the future with Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistants. It is a sort of a decider: whether your readers will be back or ditch you and your company. But make sure that every email newsletter looks pleasing and is unobtrusive.

Today we explore the concept of motion design in the interfaces of the future with Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistants. It is a sort of a decider: whether your readers will be back or ditch you and your company. But make sure that every email newsletter looks pleasing and is unobtrusive.

Certainly, they are not an answer to everything. The key feature of a website generator lies in universality. In principle, they should meet the requirements and expectations of the majority.

Today we explore the concept of motion design in the interfaces of the future with Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistants. It is a sort of a decider: whether your readers will be back or ditch you and your company. But make sure that every email newsletter looks pleasing and is unobtrusive

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Certainly, they are not an answer to everything. The key feature of a website generator lies in universality. In principle, they should meet the requirements and expectations of the majority. When it comes to situations when you require something special or unique, this isn’t the option for you. What’s more, often the builders fail to provide all the essential stuff free.

Today we explore the concept of motion design in the interfaces of the future with Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistants. It is a sort of a decider: whether your readers will be back or ditch you and your company. But make sure that every email newsletter looks pleasing and is unobtrusive

Now that we have mentioned it, you probably perfectly understand why it is important for the payment process to go as smoothly as possible. After all, if a customer has to go through a million of steps to send you money, they will probably just give up.

It helps insert a single image anywhere on a post or page with the option to provide a caption and/or link. You can align your image to the left, right, or center with a caption, link and alt text – New Journey to the Mars in the Gutenberg editor, you can drag and drop an image from your computer onto the editing screen. After all, if a customer has to go through a million of steps to send you money, they will probably just give up.

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Now that we have mentioned it, you probably perfectly understand why it is important for the payment process to go as smoothly as possible. After all, if a customer has to go through a million of steps to send you money, they will probably just give up.

You need to do everything in your power not to lose clients due to little things like this:

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  2. Players use in-game currency to customize their appearance, and the daily refresh of the store incentivises players to buy fresh gear or risk missing out on it entirely.
  3. Players have already spent more than $1 billion on Fortnite’s in-game purchases, according to IGN report.   

Choosing an online appointment software that supports multiple payment methods will make the whole process much easier and faster and your customers will surely appreciate

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