A guest post by Frances Denz.
Good Governance practice was initially developed in 1844 by Erskine May for the British Parliament and a bit laterÂ in 1874 was adapted by Roberts in the US for their Government structures.Â Since then “Roberts Rules” have become the model for governance both of parliamentary systems and for businesses.Â These rules have been adapted over time by the Foundation formed by Roberts supporters.
A key rule of governance is who do the directors represent?Â They represent the business or organisation.Â Their job, as stewards, is to ensure that the organisation is governed for its own good.Â Not for the shareholders, other stakeholders or the community as a whole.
Now this is really interesting in the governance of political parties and of Parliament themselves.
The Prime Minister and his Cabinet have stewardship over the whole country.Â Not the Party: not sector interests: not their mates.Â A political party has stewardship over the Party as a whole, not the country.Â So where does that leave the Opposition? I submit that they are responsible to the country, as is the Governing party.Â But the problem with the Labour Party is that their method of nominating their leader is by the sector interests having a vote – for their own interests.Â And the Leader has been, by default, the Leader of the Party as well as the LeaderÂ of the Political wing.Â Two different roles. (and then you have the Leader of the House, just to complicate matters!) Â Â Read more »