Standards of good government

What standards should we expect from governments?

We are delegating our pooled authority to politicians and officials. We should expect the best standards including
  • honesty
  • openness
  • compliance with the law
  • acting according to instructions given and commitments made.

We should expect these standards because we would not choose anything less if we were given a choice.

They are the same standards as are expected of citizens in paying their taxes, and as are expected when politicians and officials are paid.