1. Decide what you think before you read the opinion polls and tell people your real view even if it is unpopular.
2. When someone from a different political party says or does something sensible praise them instead of trying to find something to oppose.
3. When someone who normally shares your own political inclinations says or does something stupid say so quickly and honestly. Especially if it is you.
4. It is OK to change your mind when you see new evidence, circumstances change or you learn something new. Admit you've changed and be proud of it.
5. Don't think you have to announce some new initiative every week just to keep yourself prominent in the news. Try doing something instead.
6. You don't know everything so try admitting that every now and then.
7. Focus on running services and making them better. Don't think you can do this by changing the name and announcing yet another top down re-organisation. Try simplifying the job, motivating the staff and making them more effective instead of on measuring their performance.
8. When you think you have got something right try and recognise that it might just be that others had a great deal to do with achieving it.
9. Think long term. What will be better 20 years from now as a result of what you are doing?
10. Don't take yourself too seriously. No one else will. You are meant to be helping people not promoting the brand of your own personality.
If we could get the majority of politicians from all parties to stick to these rules and the journalists who interview them to stop trying to destroy anyone who admits to making the odd mistake then we might just restore some trust in politicians. Should only take around 20 years!