The Code of Conduct for Special Advisers says: "Special advisers must not take public part in political controversy whether in speeches or letters to the Press, or in books, articles or leaflets; must observe discretion and express comment with moderation, avoiding personal attacks." Significantly, it adds: "Special Advisers should not use official resources for Party political activity. They should avoid anything which might reasonably lead to the criticism that people paid from public funds are being used for party political purposes." Advisers who break the code can be dismissed. The ministers who appoint them can also be held responsible for such breaches
In 2007, a Labour minister, confirmed that ministers must answer for the actions of their advisers. Lord Davies of Oldham told the Lords: "The responsibility for the management and conduct of special advisers, including discipline, rests with the Minister who made the appointment. The Ministerial Code makes clear that individual Ministers will be accountable to Parliament for their actions and decisions in respect of their special advisers."
A further question is, if civil servants are bound by rules ensuring they remain politically impartial and able to work for Governments of any party, why is there any need to hire anyone to ensure coordination between government and party business? In which case why has the taxpayer funded the employment of 73 special advisers in post, costing the taxpayer £5.9 million in 2007/08, of which more than 20 of them work in 10 Downing Street.
If Damian McBride was, as a 'special advisor', supposed to "avoid anything which might reasonably lead to the criticism that people paid from public funds are being used for party political purposes." how is that 'Mr Brown was able to appoint him a special adviser, giving him special licence to push Labour interests while staying on the public payroll.' So, as a result of the ministerial statement made in 2007, does not Gordon Brown have to 'account to Parliament for his actions and decisions'?
By giving Damian McBride special licence to push Labour interests while staying on the public payroll has not Gordon Brown himself 'aided and abetted' Damian McBride to break the Code of Conduct for Special Advisors?
Gordon Brown being an Honourable Member of Parliament who has - as he never misses an opportunity to remind everyone - special values, he will now resign?