Has it been noticed that on assuming office national leaders invariably state their people matter and that they are but servants of the people; they state the need for change, in some instances having happily served under policies mandated by their predecessor, but then maintain those policies were wrong.
Cast your minds back, starting with
Tony Blair, who said:
…….And it will be a government that seeks to restore trust in politics in this country. That cleans it up, that decentralizes it, that gives people hope once again that politics is and always should be about the service of the public……
(that went well, did it not?)
Next, Gordon Brown, who said:
…….As Prime Minister I will continue to listen and learn from the British people. I’ve heard the need for change………change to build trust in government, change to protect and extend the British way of life. And this need for change cannot be met by the old politics………….
(that went well, too, did it not?)
Next David Cameron, who said:
…….One of the tasks that we clearly have is to rebuild trust in our political system. Yes that’s about cleaning up expenses, yes that is about reforming parliament, and yes it is about making sure people are in control – and that the politicians are always their servant and never their masters……….
(that went well also, did it not?)
Next, Theresa May, who said:
…The government I lead will be driven, not by the interests of the privileged few but by yours. We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives….When we take the big calls we will think not of the powerful, but you. When we pass new laws we will listen not to the mighty, but to you…….
(will that go well? We shall see). Unfortunately the portents in respect of Brexit, to date, would leave one to question her knowledge of the subject matter).
If we look at the foregoing four statements, not once have the people of this nation had the opportunity to question, on a day-to-day basis, the policy decisions of their government. Governments may say they will listen, they may say they are but servants of the people, but have yet to demonstrate that they are unconditionally.
Just why is it that time and time again we hear the words of good intent from our politicians; and time and time again when they fail to deliver we still vote them back into power?
The latest example of ‘good intent’ has come from Donald Trump who,in his inauguration speech, said:
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another – but transferring it from Washington DC and giving it back to you the people. For too long a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. While they have celebrated there has been little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your celebration. And this – the United States of America – is your country. What truly matters is not what party controls our government but that this government is controlled by the people. Today, January 20 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
For anyone who believes in democracy per se then his words are a beacon of hope to the world – and if Donald Trump lives up to his words regarding democracy per se (which may be doubtful as he is now a politician), then he will be the first to have so done since the mid-19th century.
Humpty Dumpty said:
When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.