Oh, how we used to laugh about the Italians. “Who’s your prime minister this month, Luigi?” Ho, ho, ho. Aren’t we amazing with our old Parliament and our democratic values that we have exported to the world?
Today it is the self-proclaimed ‘world’s best’ Tory Britain that is being laughed at around the globe for the image of political and economic chaos it projects. Ambassadors in London are running out of colorful images to describe the extent of the mess this government is in and the damage it is wreaking on the country.
Four prime ministers in six years. Four Chancellors of the Exchequer in as many months. Even Greece, in the midst of a meltdown, couldn’t come close.
And now, as the Tory party is waking up to a reality many of us saw long before they voted to make Liz Truss their leader – that she’s not up to the job of Prime Minister – they seem to think that they can do the same trick again: change the leader.
Do you have another prime minister. Get a new closet. Pretend it’s a change of government. Keep it up.
Twelve wasted years with little to no improvement in the country: let’s keep making promises, let’s keep saying that we’re the people cleaning up the mess we’ve inherited – from ourselves.
With every change of leadership, we thought it couldn’t get any worse; and at every change of leader they did. David Cameron held out for six years, but then imploded in the back of the EU referendum he should never have called. Theresa May took over.
She called at least a general election to seek her own mandate, but the result left her in office, but weakened; She never really recovered and Boris Johnson moved in.
He won a general election, referendum-like, by telling a pack of lies and turning his clumsy act into a strange form of performative charisma. But lies, breaking the law, and his other character flaws brought him down. Truss came in.
And here we are in an economic and political crisis that would be hilarious were it not for the damage it is doing to people’s lives and living standards – and to Britain’s standing in the world.
There is no “secret plot” to oust Truss as some have claimed. “Secret”? Hardly. It’s all MEPs talk about and quite frankly how do we get rid of them?
There are two caveats: how do we get rid of them and install our fifth leader in six years without going back to our deluded members who elected them in the first place? And most importantly, how do we get rid of them and install the new prime minister from our ranks without involving the public?
Who can deny the prudence of discouraging Tory members? Especially given her recent choices: a liar and a lawbreaker followed by someone so overwhelmed it’s embarrassing to watch.
In interviews, Jeremy Hunt, the de facto prime minister, despite not being elected to the position by anyone but Truss, did his best to pretend she was the right person for No One who is now planning Mark Two.
Hunt said the last thing the country needed was “another protracted leadership contest.” too right.
The country needs general elections sooner rather than later. These people are unable to move it forward. They are causing tremendous damage to families, public services and businesses across the UK.
The people who gave us this catastrophe are not the people who are going to get us out of it. The idea of being able to install a fifth prime minister without consulting the public is democratic obscenity.
With these people at the top, the country goes backwards. A general election is the only way to give the country a chance to move forward.
Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist who served as Tony Blair’s spokesman, press officer and communications director
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/uk-is-a-laughing-stock-and-desperately-needs-a-general-election-to-end-the-chaos-42080732.html Britain is a laughingstock and desperately needs a general election to end the chaos