How We Choose Our Leaders Is Deeply Flawed: Some bright sparks shouldn’t be let within a thousand miles of leadership.
An oft repeated trope about Jeremy Corbyn is that he doesn’t want to be leader of Labour and doesn’t want to be Prime Minister or lead a Labour government. It is said as a criticism. Well, if he doesn’t want to lead, if he has had it thrust upon him, then … good.
I don’t want a leader, I want someone in charge, someone that manages and gets their job done, but I don’t want to be led thanks very much. History is plagued by the disasters that nations have been led towards and rarely are those who desire to lead the best people to lead or the best judges of who and what makes a good ‘leader’. When we scraped around in the dirt we needed leaders whose peculiar DNA could direct our little societies towards danger when luck rewarded them with a better outcome than running away did. Humans didn’t see the potential for fire until someone stopped running from it and harnessed it for protection but we don’t always need such people in charge, in fact we rarely do. But most of the societies that had leaders who led them towards danger … died, only luck separated those leaders and those societies from those than faced danger and survived.
The scourge of societies are ‘leaders’ with an absolute belief in their rightness and, when that absolute belief deserts them, they revert to an absolute belief in a higher being that absolutely believes they are the right person to be leader. It’s an absolute crock. We have a distorted view of what sort of person should be in charge and we’ve been rewarded with George Bushes, Tony Blairs, Thatcher, and, now, Higher Being save us, Donald Trump.
If we only had to contend with those people driven to disaster then I think we could cope. There are more of us after all, but the sense of entitlement to lead isn’t just an accident of DNA, ego replicates DNA and is a learned mindset too and, unfortunately, all that is required to learn it is a large pot of tax avoided cash. People completely unsuitable and unsuited to managing a nation’s affairs are churned out of private schools at a bothersome rate and of a substantial enough quota that ordinary punters don’t stand a chance. Who in their right mind would have placed dingbats like David Cameron or Theresa May into the highest civil role in society? Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Chris Grayling … just, how?
If Theresa May was a true ‘leader’ she would have put her hands up already and admitted what all of us know, she and her party are incapable of retrieving us back from over the cliff which the ego of David Cameron has driven us. May has spent her entire career building to the point where she would lead the country and now, finding herself gifted the position, finds herself entirely unqualified, incapable and ill-prepared. But think who else thought they were Prime Minister potential. George Osborne. He lived in the fantasy world that he was an amazing Chancellor of the Exchequer, much as May lived in the fantasy world that she was an amazing Home Secretary, and thought he would be the Tory Gordon Brown to Cameron’s Tony Blair. Absolutely delusional. Good grief, Boris Johnson fancied himself for the role of Tory party leader … Boris Johnson.
Jeremy Corbyn has been the leader of one of the two major British political parties for a little over a year and, no, he isn’t very polished in the role. Corbyn’s involvement in the 2015 leadership election was viewed by Labour’s Right wing as an opportunity to show that socially minded politics were dead in the Labour party and it wasn’t expected that he would win. Kingmakers are often those who would be king themselves and are made up of the same ego driven narcissists who shouldn’t be permitted within a thousand miles of ‘leadership’. The 2016 Labour leadership election campaign to remove the current Labour leadership demonstrated ably that those people thrusting themselves forward were shockingly poorly equipped to lead a campaign, let alone a political party, and certainly not a nation, yet they still persist in their delusions. Delusions, it is clear, that Corbyn does not share. He is a politician that has been given a job and is part of a leadership that is attempting to right Labour’s ship. When the Tories were most vulnerable after the EU Referendum loss, Labour’s usurpers threw in their lot to undermine the Labour leadership and lost. As Labour tries to strengthen itself for a potential early general election, the same people resign. The interests of Labour’s would be leaders are not those of the party or Britain.
If Labour win the next general election it will be because the public are listening to policies and understanding how they relate to their actual lives and the differences the current Labour leadership will make in dragging Britain towards becoming a modern democratic country. If Labour loses it is because the public are still too obsessed with walking into the flames.