Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Lessons from the UK's political crisis

"We got on with it. They had resignation, nomination, competition, and coronation...,You can achieve
   a lot in politics..., In the end, that's what it's all about"- David Cameron, Ex-UK Prime Minister.

Some of us who follow political developments around the world have watched with keen interest the political drama of the past few weeks in the UK.

 I'm now trying to put together what could be some of the lessons learned from the entire process.
 All the stakeholders of the political ecosystem have played their respective roles putting the country's interest first. From the referendum on Europe: the electoral commission, political parties,corporations,the press,civil society, ordinary people etc.

The most conspicous is the conservative party's leadership tussle. "the contenders stabbing each other in the back as they battle for the crown" in the words of Nick Clegg; former UK Deputy Prime Minister who was also a victim of rebellion against the ruling elite. He lost his seat in the parliament during the last general election and resigned his position as the party leader for the liberal democrats.

 Most students of English literature have been quick to observe that the conservative party's leadership crisis is akin to Shakespeare's narrative of the 'battle for the crown' I wasn't a student of literature.

The Prime Minister; David Cameron resigns, Michael Gove stops the front runner to replace the prime minister, Boris Johnson,
 Johnson stops Gove's ambition to be leader by backing Andrea Leadsom,, Andrea stopped by the press, Labour MPs resign en-mass, Angela Eagle launches campaign to oust Corbyn; labour leader,, UKIP leader resigns, Andrea Leadsom quits last minute shortening the transition process, making way for the emergence of the very brilliant Home Secretary, Theresa May.

 No blood was spilled, no single bullet fired, no political thugs hired, no virgins sacrificed for rituals, nobody kidnapped, no native doctor near the scene,no police road blocks, no family interference, no first lady, husband, etc. no millitary, no avengers, no herdsmen with AK47, no houses burnt, no Immam, no Bishop interfered, no villages were destroyed rather the villagers were threatening the political class the more promising to unleash more rebellion if they don't get their acts well.

 One could see the power of ordinary people against the establishments; ordinary people can really affect change. According to Nick Hungerford, "there is no need to bow down to a lounder and wealthy minority".

Another good lesson is that these political actors are all Oxford educated experts and consultants who see politics and public service as an opportunity to lift their country up. None of these politicians have houses in Africa.

Now i thought about Africa where people prefer to die in office even when they've nothing to offer the country.

South-Sudan has just gone back to war, Liberia, Sierraleone were at war for so many years, till date Congo is at war, etc. A visit to some of these places make one wonder what they're fighting for. The so called mineral resources are controlled by external sources.

 I've just read a report by an International NGO: War on want: New' scramble for Africa' led by UK companies: "new colonial invasion".:

"The African continent is today facing a new colonial invasion,no less devastating in scale and impact than the one it suffered during the nineteenth century...."It's a scandal that Africa's wealth in natural resources is being seized by foreign, private interests, whose operations are leaving a devastating trail of social, enviromental and human right abuses in their wake."

According to the report; Foreign business is extracting vastly more revenue from the continent than it is receiving in aid or economic development.

" Research has found that Sub-Saharan Africa receives some £103bn a year in aid, loans and foreign investment, but sees £148bn flow outwards in profits, lost tax receipts and costs such as adapting to climate change-a net cost of £45bn a year."-iNews

 See attached link: http://bit.ly/2akIjo6

We are all aware of what happened during the era of late President Musa Yaradua and Goodluck Jonathan . I'm yet to establish the role of Vice president and other deputies in our democracy. We resist reforms, devolution of power, local autonomy, etc, we resist change.

Young countries really need to grow. We need some serious change and new leadership to put an end to this crude old trade of politics.

Sadly most of these African leaders were educated here, have houses here and their children here.

 They can't pay workers salaries, no electricity, no pension, no good healthcare, no broadband to
stimulate creativity and innovation, zero budget on education, etc.

 I really respect Goodluck Jonathan a lot. He's one of the bravest politicians of our time despite his criticism of weakness in fighting corruption in government.

The banking industry prefer to invest money in politics instead of funding SMEs and other start-ups who  are the main job creators.

We need a new generation of politicians to fix things in Africa.

 Ayesha Hazarika shares my opinion in her article: 'It's time for politics to change.'

 According to her: "we need to break open every level of political power to let people in different backgrounds, communities, and parts of the country-men and women who look sound for national leadership . We need our politicians to step up especially the new generation"

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Uche Okeke.

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