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Ministerial responsibility

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  • 1. Ministerial ResponsibilityThe Politics Association
  • 2. Introduction Idea is central to the democraticprocess. Provides citizens with notions ofaccountability. Incompetence, or major errors ofjudgement, ministers should resign.
  • 3. Personal Responsibility Where the minister is responsible forhis/her personal conductMust obey therule of lawAct inaccordancewith anunwritten‘moral’ codeMust obey therules andconventions ofParliamentFollow rules ofconduct forbusiness andfinancial dealings
  • 4. Personal ResponsibilityMust obey therule of lawMust obey therules andconventions ofParliamentAct inaccordancewith anunwritten‘moral’ codeFollow rules ofconduct forbusiness andfinancial dealings
  • 5. Role Responsibility Where the minister is responsible for4 key areas -Policyleadership inDepartmentPiloting oflegislation inParliamentManagementofDepartmentRepresentdepartmentalinterests
  • 6. Problems withMinisterial Responsibility Not always seen to work. Problems (and the need for blame)sometimes arrives after theministers/civil servants have movedon or retired. Ministers who keep the support ofthe PM are rarely threatened orchallenged.
  • 7. Problems withMinisterial ResponsibilityCase StudyScott Report – 1996 Ministers condemned for theirconduct in the ‘Arms to Iraq’ affair. Ministers acted in secret/breach ofofficial policy. No ministers or civil servants sackedor resigned – some promoted!
  • 8. When should Ministersresign?Research by Pyper (1992-)Five paths to resignation:1. Changes (reshuffles by PM)2. Electoral defeat of Minister3. ‘Personal’ reasons4. Issue of collective responsibility5. Issue of individual responsibility
  • 9. Resignations – 7 cases Lord Carrington – 1982 Falklands War – should have seen itcoming. RESIGNED
  • 10.  Edwina Currie – 1988 Said most eggs were poisoned. Resigned.
  • 11.  1993 – Michael Mates Dodgy gifts from Asian businessman RESIGNED
  • 12.  Tim Smith – 1994 Backhanders from Muhammed AlFayed RESIGNED
  • 13.  David Willets – 1996 Activities as Whip not in keepingwith his position. RESIGNED
  • 14.  Ron Davies – 1998 Cruising on Clapham Common RESIGNED
  • 15.  Estelle Morris – 2002 Shambles over A Levels RESIGNED
  • 16.  Stephen Byers Railways in chaos, advisers out ofcontrol RESIGNED
  • 17.  David Blunkett – 2004 Nanny passport fast-tracked RESIGNED