I have mentioned this stuff twice recently

The occasional, well considered and properly written up ICA determination does not however reverse the general trend referred to – especially regarding initial LAA decisions.

I raise the “culture and values” theme yet again because I had my first occasion to delve into the post LASPO “Appeals Manual” yesterday and guess what? That’s right, early on it contains a plea to ICA and IFAs to abide by the “7 Principles of Public Life”.

These include 3 of the 4 LAA core values, strangely minus “impartiality”, augmented with “Selflessness, Accountability, Openness and Leadership”. The middle 2 are the most interesting as the appeals process is completely closed and there is no accountability even for an obviously perverse decision.

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
― George Orwell, 1984

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