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UK Election Candidates and Lessons, by Gabriel C Banda

 

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UK Election Candidates and Lessons

By

Gabriel C Banda

THERE are some lessons the UK Elections of June 8, 2017 have for the conduct of elections and politics in other parts of the world.

We will now consider the leaders of the main political parties.  Prime Minister Theresa May, of the ruling Conservative Party, called for the elections after she got into office after taking over from her leader David Cameron, a fellow Conservative, who resigned after the negative result of the Brexit referendum.

David Cameron, who had expected a vote in favour of remaining in the European Union and called for the referendum, was disappointed with the “Leave” result. He could therefore not preside over the exit from Europe, an exit he opposed. Therefore, David Cameron resigned to give way for another ruler to deal with the exit.

                                                                 Brexit

Mama Theresa May is in a position of heading a government that must respond to the Brexit Referendum result requiring UK to leave the European Union. Of course, leaving Europe is very complex for Europe, UK, and others and will have effects that are likely to leave Britain worse off in various things.

After UK leaves the EU, it is almost certain that Scotland will leave the United Kingdom.  There will also be complications in Northern Ireland, administratively a part of the UK, and the Republic of Ireland. We feel Brexit is more of a Break It.

But Theresa May is now prime minister and has, whether she likes Brexit or not, the task of following the referendum result that requires UK to leave UK. Because she must administer the exit required by the referendum, she has focussed on performing the task, whether she wants of not.

She has set her mind on doing some necessary task and role. She is making herself to flow with it. But we have to wait to find out if she will turn out like Cameron, calling for a poll and not winning it. But the elections she called are useful because they enable people, all citizens, to actually make a choice about who should be their prime minister at this time.

Of course, the elections will be more than just about Brexit.

                                                          Conservative for All?

Now, there are some issues that may be difficult for Theresa May because they are Conservative Party position and issues, not necessary that they are her limitations. It is interesting that Theresa May has, from the beginning of her rule, has called for a Britain and Conservative Party, often associated with positions of wealthy persons and the right wing striving for the exclusive, that works for prosperity for all people.

She wants to move the Conservative Party to be a party for people from all areas of life, rather than the wealthy and exclusive, so-called “elite.” She wants a Conservative Party and Britain for all.

Of course, sometimes Theresa May acts with a sincerity that can be considered naïve. At her meeting new USA president Donald Trump, one would have been careful about showing a shoulder-to-shoulder relationship with the Trump presidency.

Some people’s attitude towards her can be affected by their attitude towards Donald Trump. But Theresa May comes out as a person one may differ with over some issues but will respect for her listening to what others are saying and to her sincerity.

                                                               Jeremy Corbyn

In the elections also is my big man, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party leader. Just like my big man Bernie Sanders of the USA, Jeremy Corbyn is both sharply analytical and very courageous. He is fearless. And he is sincere as he speaks his message. His sincerity connects to the hearts and minds of many.

There were some persons, many from Labour in Parliament, who blamed him for what was not his fault – the “Yes” Brexit result.  They implied he did not do enough.

But Jeremy Corbyn could not do much about the result. Jeremy Corbyn did not cause the “Yes” Brexit result. Some persons, some of them Labour parliamentarians, also tried to stigmatise Jeremy Corbyn but, without much facts and basis, implying that he did not appeal to voters.

While those politicians within and outside Labour may not like Corbyn or his political positions, he actually has a lot of support with the public. The plotters of the coup plot may have envied, ignored, or underestimated Jeremy Corbyn’s widening appeal to the public.

If Corbyn’s Labour does not win the June 2017 elections, Corbyn, who was for Europe, will be saved from a very uncomfortable and complex Brexit UK delink process. If he then stays as Labour leader, he is very likely to win the next elections.

It seems Corbyn may currently be in a Win-Win situation. But, like in all elections, you do not speculate but just wait for the final announced results. In the UK, the elections are not held directly on the leaders of parties, but the leader of the party that gets the most parliamentary seats, or a coalition of parties with most seats, becomes prime minister. A victor may get the most seats but not necessarily the most votes nationwide.

                                                                   Lessons

In the June 2017 elections, there are also other contestant parties and candidates. For now, some of the key lessons are about the conduct of candidates during elections. The controversial, and cut-throat 2016 United States elections provided big contrast to the current UK elections.

The UK elections of June 2017 provide great lessons. The UK party leaders, like Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May, are generally, or relatively, polite. You do not hear outright insults and uncouth statements. They try to focus on policies and issues, and actually discuss those issues, even if they do not have the answers.

What I find striking is the sincerity of both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, in opposition. You may differ with some things they say, but theirs are not political gymnastics to please voters. They are sincere in their discussion. They lay out their positions on issues. They are persons who have missions they feel are important for the society, not just for their personal and group interests. Their sincerity is very notable.

                                                              David Cameron

Besides the examples of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, in UK there was also some good lessons from David Cameron. One of the greatest things Cameron did was to allow the decision of parliament about not striking Syria over accusations of chemical weapons.

David Cameron, who actually as a person comes out as a likeable person, respected the decision of parliament. In America, that provided Barack Obama a window to also not raid Syria.

Raiding Syria at that time could have made ISIS thrive earlier and brought about further difficulties for the Middle East, the Western World, and the whole. Syria would have become ISIS.

Earlier, David Cameron and Barack Obama had made the mistake of supporting, even if reluctantly for Obama, the war-lord Nicolas Sarkozy, in charge of France’s forces, to, despite caution and opposition from the African Union, raid Libya and murder and overthrow Muammar Gaddafi and regime, leading to instability that has greatly affected the world.

The 2017 lessons about sincerity of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn towards politics and governance can help others in many parts of the world. Politics would be more civilised, more cultured. UK June 2017 elections are better example in politics and governance than USA 2016. And, currently, we have not heard about some Russia conspiracy to hack into the UK Elections!

ginfinite@yahoo.com

The Author: Based in Lusaka, Zambia, Gabriel C Banda is involved in writing and the arts, social development, and observation of conflict and peace issues.

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– GCB, June 2017.   At Wednesday, June 7th 2017.

 

 

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Hillary and Trump elections 2016, and “Politics is Dirty,” by Gabriel C Banda

Hillary and Trump elections 2016,

and “Politics is Dirty,”

by Gabriel C Banda

THE recent debates and contest involving Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump around the United States elections of November 2016 remind us about many aspects of human relations and life itself. The third and last debate is about to take place.

In the second debate, it was clear that Hillary Clinton had managed to achieve control over self and over Donald Trump where Trump had disturbed Republican contestants in the primary. Many times some Republican candidates have been very tough on others, especially Democrats.

Donald Trump tried to disturb Hillary by tactics that includes standing near her, to disturb her eye view and concentration. Hillary was stable and raised issues. She has been very thoughtful and organised.

Although one may differ with her on some issues like aspects of Iraq, Libya, Syria, and fixation on Putin and Russia, where I believe she has made some errors or needs to clarify more, essentially Hillary has come off as a good meaning person that is sometimes imperfect.

Many persons outside the United States have been worried about what a Trump presidency would imply for not only USA, but for the whole world. It can have implications for human relations worldwide.  He divides the world and humanity. It can have implications for the integrity and stability of Life and Creation itself.

Trump has been simplistic and illogical in some of his arguments. And in word and manner, Donald Trump has been rude and crude. He has behaved in ways many in the world do not expect a president – who is expected to be dignified, mature, and responsible – to behave.

Trump is proud, and defensive, of what some may consider weakness. At some point, but almost in passing, Hillary Clinton talked of the “Trump effect,” Trump factors,” where some persons may begin to follow Donald Trump’s behaviour. This happens often because many persons are in behaviour influenced by their leaders and rulers.

Donald Trump’s roughness towards parts of humanity and his political contestants is of concern. He has thrown some stigma onto Hillary, making her appear part of the establishment politics many Americans have been frustrated with. Yet Trump himself, reputed to be with finances in billions of dollars, can be said to be part of the financial establishment that many are unhappy with.

Yet sometimes Donald Trump has stood on some issues that are important for us to consider but has packaged them in harsh speech. Another person could, in other tones, have been listened to much more.

Now, some people have said “politics is a dirty game.” Although some persons believe that it is people’s behaviour that makes politics dirty, it is still observed that some campaigns for public office may lead to behaviour showing the discomfort of politics.

Now, in all areas of Life, there are some basic issues that come into play. As others may also have noted, in my observation, even when they appear to temporarily take the upper hand, many times those who practice negative and dirty end up not achieving in the long term.

If the world was easily controlled by negative action, the whole world would have ended long ago. For the actors for evil are also many but they have not managed to bring down the world.

Those that act in a manner destructive to the health of others and the world, and Life itself, tend to self destruct. One way this happens is when someone moving roughly but confidently overextends themselves. They overdo things and end up destroying themselves.Thugs destroy themselves and others, foe and friend.

It seems a principle of life is that evil action eventually overacts and overextends itself, thus self destructing. Even among evil acting allies, evil actions will eventually attack and fight their own allies, leading into destruction of self and others.

In the debates, Hillary Clinton has shown that it is possible for a person to overcome the onslaught of rough acting persons. Michelle Obama’s point about when rough opponents go low, you act dignified and rise above what is crude is a big lesson for all of us.Politics need not be dirty. Dirt should be cleaned from politics.

ginfinite@yahoo.com

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– GCB, October 2016, LUSAKA.