I am sure that we have all sat around a table talking with friends and relatives and had that conversation “if I was the prime minister I would…” I am sure the same can be said for many Americans too as they ponder the wondrous things they could if they were the President of those United States.
Out political class has in the main, but not exclusively of course, arisen from and been supplemented by, people who have been to university straight from school. They then go onto obtain a position within the Westminster elite as political aids, researchers or personal assistants. Some will venture out to obtain experience in the charity world or within political think tanks but invariably they accede to the calling and meander back to the political fold for safety, succour and a guarantee of advancement onto the green benches of parliament.
This career path is now subject to much scrutiny as the people who they seek to serve ask the questions “are they qualified, do they have the right experience for such a position?” the clamour for such a forensic examination of those put forward for election is growing.
There is a clear discord between the public and some of the people who are elected to represent them in the commons. More importantly the decisions being made are now, it seems, ever much more crucial to the working man and women they affect so deeply.
It makes common sense to this writer that people attaining the lofty heights of ministerial office should have a minimum of time served working within that sector. It just has to be correct that someone in Health, Education, Home office and all others should be from within that family. There is no sign of course that the status quo in this country is about to change soon.
It is though, a very different story across the pond. Donald trump has seriously bucked the trend as he has personally never held a political office. He is without a doubt the first President of the USA from a purely business background, he is free from the shackles of big money that supported his rivals campaigns. He is free from corporations and banks that would without a doubt call in favours as he progresses through his first term.
He has also seriously taken on the press, he claims that they are bad people and corrupt. He circumvents the press and their chance therefore to put a spin on things by directly tweeting his millions of followers each and every day.
The biggest thing he has changed is the appointments he has made to cabinet office positions. His new appointments are people directly from business, the judiciary and the armed services. These people have a massive burden on their shoulders, not just with the office they now hold and the intense scrutiny they will now be under. They have, as they are in many cases the first in history, to receive such an appointment, to perform and succeed.
They must perform to the highest of levels if we are ever to see the same changes here in Great Britain. This is the first chance, the first time and it has to be successful. The eyes of the world are on them.For sure if this new way of governing falters then the ‘swamp’ of Washington will very quickly fill up again. Most certainly if this experiment over the pond does not work then the so called ‘swamp’ of Westminster will never be drained.
Ordinary people from ordinary backgrounds representing ordinary people will, I am confident catch on eventually here. But it has a much greater chance of appearing much sooner if Mr Trump has got this right. Our eyes are turned to the west to keep a beady eye on what takes place there.
I wish them luck, providing they can pass through assessment from a very left wing approvals panel of course. The Democrats have done everything they can think of to stop and arrest the succession of most of the appointees. Common sense triumphed though and they are all in place. Who would have thought, an educator in charge of education and an army general in charge of the army? Genius? No not at all just common sense.