This is where populism takes us. As the car hurtles towards the cliff edge our leaders are fighting over who takes the wheel. Sadly much of western politics has taken on this ‘winner takes all’ mentality – if we win then everyone has to do what we say. It is the opposite of good leadership. Good leadership reaches out across divides to understand others. It understands that to move forward; you have to take account of others opinions, bring people with you and see when your idea is going to fail spectacularly because no one else thinks it’s a good one.
When Theresa May said ‘I will reach out across the house and listen’ I gasped in disbelief – this should have happened 2 years ago! I cannot believe that a seemingly intelligent person can have spent so little time understanding others she didn’t see the vote coming.
And when Jeremy Corbyn puts forward a vote of no confidence he is nothing more than the drunken brawler who cannot let the fight go and just wants to ‘win’ whatever the cost.
Our leaders would do well to think of all the people of this country, get their heads out of the fighting pit, have a look around and understand that people want leaders to stop fighting and start finding solutions to the big problems we have.
The car is still hurtling towards the edge of the cliff – one of them needs to get the map out and the other take the wheel, ram on the brakes and listen again to what people are really saying.