Benedict Brogan, Daily Telegraph, has another in his series of ‘Big-up Cameron’ op-ed pieces in today’s edition. One paragraph caught my eye where he compares the job of Prime Minister with that of the reported ‘easy life’ for Wilson and Macmillan. At the end of the paragraph in question Brogan writes:
“……… In fact, it is hard to see the appeal of the modern version: power, yes, but with relentless demands and constant tiredness.”
There is no need for ‘relentless demands and constant tiredness’, a state of affairs that only results from attempting to be a jack of all trades and resulting in being a master of none. A great deal of what Cameron becomes involved in nationally he need not, were we to have a system of direct democracy because those national matters would be dealt with and resolved locally – after all, should not local politicians earn their keep?
Another telling Cameron comment Brogan relates is that when asked why he wanted to be Prime Minister Cameron reportedly replied: “Because I’d be quite good at it”. That in itself, to my mind, suggests that Cameron looks on the position as the pinnacle of a career and not as the pinnacle of performing a public service.
It is strongly suspected that for those entering the political scene the lure is that of fame coupled with the opportunity to lead a cosseted life with all the perks and privileges attached. For those that achieve the office Cameron holds, together with those who achieve the position of Secretary of State, means that they do indeed become household names and while recognising the hardships that such positions enforce on them, it is felt that those politicians believe it is but a small price to pay for fame and fortune. Compare and contrast with politicians in Switzerland – does one read of them being stressed; of having relentless demands or suffering tiredness? No – because not only are those politicians part-time but they are responsible for only a few matters of state, with national matters handled by Cantons and Communes. Without resorting to Google can anyone name one of the Swiss Council which equates with our Cabinet? It should also be borne in mind that members of the Swiss Council have, in some cases, held their positions for a number of years – they have, in effect, become experts in the field for which they have responsibility, unlike those in this country that rise from what appears to be a cesspool of incompetence.
The foregoing is but a further example of how our system of democracy is broken and in need of repair. Ask yourself what company would continue to employ those who show no ability? What company would then rehire those they have sacked to perform the same jobs they had previously held? What company would rehire those who had previously brought that company to its knees financially? It looks very likely that if our present situation persist, then come the next general election that is exactly what the electorate will do.