Governance Watch - Issue 58

Governance Watch - Issue 58

Diversity and Power

This week everyone in the United Kingdom was given an important lesson on the value of diversity in sorting out difficult issues.

As the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, with its first-ever female President Brenda (Lady) Hale, delivered a unanimous verdict around the unlawful prorogation of Parliament, history was made. The motto on Baroness Hale's coat of arms is ‘Omnia Feminae Aequissimae’: Women are equal to everything. She has been outspoken on the need for diversity in the judiciary.

 The ruling was on two legal challenges – one was brought by the businesswoman and Brexit legal campaigner Gina Miller, born to parents of Indian descent in what is now Guyana. In 2017, she was named the UK’s most influential black person and was also number 26 on the Asian power list of most influential British Asians.