Getting governance right improves the confidence of decision makers, and makes their organisations kinder, more inclusive and more creative.
Two recent reports by government watchdog the National Audit Office have dwelt on the quality of local governance and audit.
Westminster breakaways like the Independent Group are good news stories, but not necessarily real politics.
Over the next 30 years to 2050, local government managers will need to dramatically develop their capabilities.
Sometimes the consequences of getting things wrong are so important that they give us real pause for thought and cause us to question our practices.
The past few years have shown the value and significance of our democratic processes, underlining the importance of sustaining a flourishing democracy.
Local politics can be highly partisan, and inter-party disagreements turn people off.
But local authority ownership will play an important part in building the right culture.
Last year seemed to catch out a few companies, some accused of not being upfront about problems, or exposed as operating unethically.
To capitalise on the plummeting stock of Labour and the Conservatives in May we must be willing to work collectively.