- Ministers of the Crown are expected to behave according to the highest standards of constitutional and personal conduct in the performance of their duties. (1.1)
- Civil servants should not be asked to engage in activities likely to call in question their political impartiality (3.1)
- Ministers must ensure that no conflict arises, or appears to arise, between their public duties and their private interests, financial or otherwise. (5.1)
- it is the responsibility of Ministers individually to order their own private lives in such a way as to avoid criticism (5.2)
Since as far as I know no-one has ever suggested that he has his Department because he is any good at running it, this would also be a great gain for the country. Interestingly, the you.gov poll in the Sunday Times suggests that only 9% think Prescott is doing a good job and 51% think "he is a buffoon and should never have made it to high office." 73% consider his affair "sleazy" (and 57% of Labour voters) vs 17% who do not (what planet are they on??) And this was before further details of his behaviour became public.