Interesting thing, power.
Many moons ago I analysed, changed if necessary, a number of organisations, teams and individuals. What I found really interesting was that the teams and organisations that were the most effective were invariably lead by those who didn’t want the role, the power. Think about that for a moment, the leaders didn’t want the role but, as one person put it to me, ‘I had to step up or else we’d have gone down the tubes. People would have lost their jobs, and I just couldn’t allow that to happen. It wasn’t right, so I took the job.’
Obviously I’m drawing a parallel between the current Prime Minister of the UK and his even more dysfunctional equivalent in the White House. Even as a child, Johnson talked about wanting to be ‘King of the World.’ Both Johnson and Trump lied, coarsened debate, created hatred and division, obfuscated, bloviated and blustered their way to their current role. Both put into power by out of date and undemocratic processes. In the case of Johnson, voted into the role of the Conservative leader by 0.09% of the population, aka, the Conservative and Unionist Party membership. Then, with 43% of the popular vote, his party achieved 53% of the seats with an 80 seat majority. In the US, due to the Electoral College, the winner of the popular vote by over three million votes lost to the person who currently sits behind the Resolute desk. Democracy, donchajustlurvit?
Then let’s add that it took on average 38,264 votes to elect a Tory MP and 50,835 per Labour MP. It’s even worse for the smaller political parties. That First Past The Post is past its sell by date is confirmed yet again. As is the Electoral College in the US. However, interested parties, and all are complicit in both the UK and US, seem unable or unwilling to move away from a process that is patently undemocratic. Democracy, donchajustlurvit?
As for democracy, to those who complain about there being too many elections, people died to provide you with the right to vote; to those who decided not to vote, you have abrogated the right to complain about what is happening; to those who did vote and want to do something about confronting what has happened, then plan. Yes, of course there will be frustration, anger, some will be in despair. Well, enough now. Breath deep, smile and remember that this too shall soon pass. And plan.
To use a quote I read in a recent Big Issue, ‘when evil people plot, good people plan.’ We have seen the plotting, the iron control of the message from both Johnson and Trump. Their respective parties now mirror their own dysfunctional and dystopian attitudes – for the moment. However, with good people planning…
So, as the late Louisiana congresswoman Lindy Boggs said to Nancy Pelosi, current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, ‘Darlin’, know thy power and use it.’
To the good people who are sick and tired of the nastiness and toxic nature of instant media, politics and social discourse, know thy power and use it. That will help to make 2020 a better world than we’ve experienced in 2019.
J J Mitchell
‘No one left behind’