An Inconvenient Truth
From time to time members have stood for ICE Council, and have been elected, to challenge the establishment on something they feel passionately about. The challenge they bring is often inconvenient and uncomfortable, but is necessary and essential to effective governance.
Two recommendations of the ‘Presidential Commission into ICE Governance’ combine to undermine the rights of members to challenge the establishment:
- Whilst the Commission considered open elections to the Trustee Board (Option A), the option was rejected, in Interim Finding 5, in favour of options that impose selection into the election process.
- Election to Council of wider representation will remain open to all members but in Interim Finding 1 the commission recommends that the role of Council will be “mainly advisory.”
Thus the freedom of members to elected in order to challenge the ICE establishment is being nutered. Members are unable to stand for election as a Trustee without their nomination being vetted by that same establishment, and should they stand and be elected instead to Council their voice will be muted within an advisory forum with no right to challenge. This is wrong. The democratic rights of ICE members to raise inconvenient truths and to challenge the establishment must be retained.