Politicians are, I think, supposed to be representative of the people. Yet when we think about our Politicians, they are clearly not. How can Trump or Clinton be a representative of the people? Trump inherited vast sums of wealth, Clinton graduated through Yale Law. In England, how can Etonians from privilege represent or even have a passing knowledge of what constitutes every day normality? In Australia how can a Prime Minister worth $200 million dollars possible perceive what it's like for the working class? They're divorced from society.
On the other hand, wouldn't a successful business-man know how to engage in international diplomacy? Know how to make a large business (essentially a country is as much) work to its most effective manner whilst garnering the best deals and high profits for its shareholders i.e. the citizens of this fair country? The last bit may be a bit of a sticking point given that the top end of the market is still getting richer whilst the bottom is getting poorer. But ideally you want your best and brightest leading the way, not some blue collar or white collar middle of the road ambiguate without a clue.
In the last few months there have been protest votes against the perceived establishment, which is a rallying cry against the common politician. The public are sick to death of politicians repeating the same rhetoric, claiming as many benefits as they can muster whilst having their wives, sons and daughters within the payroll to perform administration work. It's a quirk of the system that they've all got offshore bank accounts, pay fu** all tax and then complain the lower and working classes don’t work hard enough. Meanwhile big business, contributing less than middle-income earners despite the incredible billions of dollars in profits, attempt to claw back any ounce of credibility they can muster through setting up shop in these countries (UK - Google) to appease the Government. Doubt it'll last very long, the deal or the government.
Champion of the People - Working Class, Politically Savvy and Educate
But it's not all doom and gloom, it's Christmas after all. There must at some point be those from working class backgrounds that have earned a spectacular education or that are self-taught, that aspire for change for the good of the people rather than lining their own pockets, and that can actually empathise with the working classes, or as Kipling put it, walk with Kings and not lose the common touch. Maybe Santa will bring him or her to the fore. They'll change the world.
I wrote this week in my normal job (I have a day job, thankfully) about leadership and what that means. The difference between a manager and leader is stark, and there have been few inspiring leaders in the past 20 years. All I can think of perhaps is Obama and Tony Blair in their first years, and Duterte is inspiring something over in Philippines albeit murder. But we need a united figure - a single champion of the world that will unite all parties. A person that isn't from anywhere but is from everywhere. That is educated, intelligent, is a master negotiator yet can apply adaptive communication to every human being on the planet, and make the decisions that not only better society but take on the decisions that we don't have the strength or foresight to make. Perhaps Artificial Intelligence will supply the answer as I'd be amazed if we came to it ourselves.
Writing and writing...