Mr Hu's not a window cleaner now

If you’re struggling to keep your company in the corporate governance good books, it’s perhaps best to avoid taking tips in transparency from the Chinese Communist Party.

by
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The announcement of its new leadership line-up for the next five years follows an ‘election’ that could hardly even be described as opaque, let alone transparent. The process is tightly controlled, and involves a 'democratic' selection by the 204 existing members of the Politburo. As reported in the FT today, president and party secretary Hu Jintao kept up the same approach at the unveiling ceremony where, in keeping with the rituals observed at recent party congresses, he ‘spoke briefly from the stage and did not take any questions’.

It seems the lines of communication were equally closed in terms of what to wear to the ceremony, as the nine members of the Standing Committee all turned up to the Great Hall of the People wearing the same black suit and red tie combo. Had Hu opened the selection to the floor, someone may well have pointed out the similarity to Gordon Brown’s get-up at Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final. True democracy would perhaps have led to the line-up sporting something in contrast with chairman Brown’s clobber – some nice light blue neckwear, possibly even cravats.

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

C-Suite parents share working at home tips

For many people, the home office is now also a home school.

How to manage remote teams (without becoming a Zoom pest)

Briefing: Former Waitrose boss Mark Price says managers will need to think about how they’re...

Could coronavirus lead to gender equality?

Opinion: Enforced home-working and home-schooling could change the lives of working women, and the business...

Mike Ashley: Does it matter if the public hates you right now?

The Sports Direct founder’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn criticism, but in the...

4 films to keep you sane during the coronavirus lockdown

Cirrus CEO Simon Hayward shares some choices to put things in perspective.

Pandemic ends public love affair with Richard Branson et al

Opinion: The larger-than-life corporate mavericks who rose to prominence in the 80s and 90s suddenly...