Am I missing something? Am I not getting how British politics works?
I just got reminded of one of Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s famous quotes
“So Blair Keep Your England and I Will Keep My Zimbabwe…”
The battle for democracy is real and we often think democracy is absent in African nations and the developing world, the so-called 3rd world countries.
I wonder what the champions of democracy are saying about the circus taking place in British politics right now.
So Liz Truss was put as the British Prime minister by 81,000 Conservative Party members, a tiny and unrepresentative section of the population.
But has now quit as prime minister after just 45 days in office.
My thinking and understanding is that 81 thousand is by no way, nor stretch of the imagination a majority to give her any mandate for her abrupt changes of policy when she took charge from Boris Johnson.
Liz Truss did not have any authority for her U-turns, repeatedly changing the government’s fundamental stance on taxes and public spending.
Is this the democracy that we applaud western nations for? Is it the same democracy that we say is lacking in Africa and most 3rd world nations?
What tops it all, what puts the cherry on this cake for me is that when Liz Truss announced her resignation, she said a new prime minister would be chosen within a week. The question is chosen by who?
The same 81,000 Conservative Party members?
Is this the democracy much celebrated and spoken so highly about in the West?
What is democracy? Is England an example of democracy?
81,000 Party members to me are a tiny and unrepresentative section of the population.
That is not democracy, if it is then Zanu PF in Zimbabwe is more democratic than the British Conservative party.
If what Liz Truss said about a new prime minister being chosen within a week, this will be the third Conservative prime minister since the last general election in 2019.
Does democracy not dictate that whoever is leading the country should be decided in a general election, not in the strange bubble of yet another Conservative leadership election.
Does democracy not demand that it is the electorate, the voters who decide who should govern the country?
Is it not time for the British electorate to demand and uphold the democratic principles that governing bodies are built on.
Is it not time for the general British public to press for and call for a general election now.
It is a simple and fundamental principle that a government derives its democratic legitimacy from the people. If the British system is Democratic it should let the people have their say.
Otherwise they should not preach democracy to anyone else especially African nations.