The rights of a minority are best protected by a rigid adherence to rule. As it is always in the power of the majority, by their numbers, to stop any improper measures proposed by their opponents, the only means by which the minority can defend themselves against similar attempts from those in power, are the forms and rules adopted by the Society - by a strict adherence to which the weaker party can always be protected from those irregularities and abuses which the wantonness of power is but too often apt to suggest to large and successful majorities. So remarks Hatsell.
The mode of introducing a report from the minority of a committee, is explained on page 38.
In the Legislature of this State, it not un-frequently happens that gentlemen who are favorable to the general tenor of a bill, are compelled to vote against it, in consequence of some objectionable amendment having been incorporated with it, during the discussion. In such cases, in order that the constituents of members may know the reasons which influence their votes, it is usual to state these reasons in writing, and the rules allow them to be inserted in the Journal.
But when members protest against any action of the House, in the adoption of a resolution or proposition, the protest cannot be inserted in the Journal without the consent of a majority. When the protest is couched in respectful language, this privilege is never denied, unless in some extraordinary cases.
A subsisting order of the Society being neglected, any member has the right to insist on its being attended to without delay.