We now need leadership

pollingThe challenge of leading a nation that has just voted to have 45% of its economic transactions made more uncertain and now needs to completely redesign its governmental processes and structures must not be underestimated. The idea that anyone has a mandate to do so is ridiculous. David Cameron, George Osborne and their team have had a massive vote of no confidence in their policies. The people within the Conservative Party who were elected in 2015 were mandated to run the country with the expectation that they would give us a referendum. However now we have decided to leave, as tragic as that is, we need a new political paradigm. That is a seismic change and no one else has a mandate to lead the post Brexit nation. In any event the Conservative Party is riven from within. Despite all of the confident words, albeit spoken cautiously from Conservatives MPs such as Andrea Jenkyns who stated on Radio 4 that “It will be business as usual” that is the very opposite of what people have voted for, or can be expected to believe in. They voted to get their country back, as Jacob Rees Mogg claimed, we have voted to reject our ruling elite (of which he is clearly part) and so as he has suggested in at least one interview, we need a General Election and we need it now. Whoever attempts to rebuild the nations structures, needs a meaningful mandate and endorsement from the nation. The fact that many people would rather not pay for a General Election does not mean that we can limp on with a Boris Gove government that has no mandate. If there are two positives that could come out of the Brexit result and the demand by so many people for a more democratic way of running the country:

Let us now focus our attention and demands for change on the way that the second Chamber is organised with a truly democratic structure to replace the House of Lords, and a move away from a party political dominated approach to one that better reflects the views and thinking of the remaining 99% of society.

Let us demand a fairer electoral system that means that like in the referendum, every vote counts equally and the unfair barriers that prevent Independent candidates participating in our democracy are removed.


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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2 Responses to We now need leadership

  1. Jo Lean says:

    I don’t understand your comment about a Boris Gove mandate. Our democratic system votes in MPs by region and this does not depend on who is in which position in cabinet. The prime minister is not elected as such by the people but by his/her own party and thereafter appoints and shuffles cabinet at will. Once the Tories choose another PM and he chooses his cabinet we are back in business, as far as the democratic process goes it’s all on track. Under the current fptp system no mandate for position is required. The only reason we seem to think that we ‘voted Cameron in as PM’ is we thought we were the United States of America. But we don’t have that kind of system. We in the Uk get to vote our local guy/gal in and that’s about as far as our ‘mandate’ goes.

    • ianchisnall says:

      Hi Jo, my point is that our decision to leave the EU came following weeks of arguments that the EU was anti-democratic and unaccountable. You are right that the antidemocratic House of Commons makes all sorts of changes without our consent, because it can. Does that make it right? I hope you will agree that it does not. Back in business, I don’t think so. Your latter comments are spot on. We have a deeply flawed system but the snouts are deeply in the trough and need to be challenged.

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