Do-as-I-say leadership

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The disconnect between the people and their politicians in the West has been going on for years, and probably ever since people had the right to vote for leaders.

There are many examples, but the secrecy between Western leaders and the people cannot be more stark than when our leaders will not release their annual tax returns as is the case now with President Donald Trump in the USA, and also former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, with his Blair Associates.

These leaders make the laws for the people to abide by and adhere to, but it appears on paper, when it comes to themselves, they ignore the understanding and the democratic meaning of transparency.

The question is what have they to hide if they are operating under the same system that their people have to?

These and other things, such as Brexit, are the reason the people do not trust their senior politicians anymore, according to national poll after poll. As well, the undermining of democracy and political openness is in such decline that some things now appear to be from a bygone age for the people.

It's sad really when the people's leaders appear to do just only what they want to and to ignore the imposed democratic rules enacted for the people.

Dr David Hill

CEO, World Innovation Foundation

United Kingdom


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