In an attempt to polish up its image and reputation, Communist Party authorities have issued instructions to bar eight types of cadre from promotion, while media outlets have issued editorials deploring the worsening moral standards of officials and party members. A source close to the party's organisation and disciplinary organs said yesterday the new, criteria for promotion had been issued in the run-up to the next plenary session of the party Central Committee, which runs from October 9 to 11. A key item on the agenda will be the transition of power to the younger, or fourth generation, cadres. The eight types of undesirable cadres to be denied promotion include those who have departed from the party line but who feign compliance and those who follow personal gain. Also listed are those who spoil political unity by disobeying orders and failing to observe the 'overall situation' of the country, and cadres who respond to Beijing's orders with words, not deeds. Also to be barred from elevation are: those who do not talk about principles; those who change their opinions by 'trimming the sails according to the wind'; those who lack a sense of responsibility, enthusiasm or entrepreneurial spirit; and those who indulge in factionalism and spend all their time chasing promotion prospects. Organisational departments at the central and provincial levels will be given special training to identify these eight types. Cadres who are being groomed for promotion in the run-up to the 16th Communist Party Congress in 2002 will undergo further ideological education to boost their 'party nature', or qualifications as good Marxists. Meanwhile, the Liberation Army Daily ran an article yesterday urging party members to boost their 'party consciousness'. The article quoted President Jiang Zemin as saying recently: 'All comrades must increase their party consciousness . . . particularly under conditions of the socialist market economy. They must never forget the advanced nature of party members.' The army mouthpiece, which often reflects conservative opinion in the party, deplored the fact that some members had forgotten the oath they had taken when joining the party. 'Some members look upon party work not as their responsibility but as a job with remuneration,' the newspaper said, adding that the mentality of 'measuring the amount of input according to the size of the paycheque' was prevalent. It is understood that at the plenum, Mr Jiang will make a plea for a return to the old values of selfless devotion to socialist ideals. The party chief has argued that only by raising the 'ideological consciousness' of cadres can corruption be eradicated.