Leadership- A pure Chalice that is poisoned by the Establishment

Leadership is an interesting noun that raises huge questions merely by its definition.  It can be defined as the office of leadership. For example,” Ed Milliband has won the leadership race to be head of the labour party”. Or it can be defined as the characteristics of a leader’s way of leading. For example, “Ed Millibands leadership will be of a conventionally new labour style disguised by a shroud of “Change” and apologies for the past mistakes of his party” (this last definition is of course subjective). The post of leadership is always reached after a journey. Be it arduous or comfortable, democratic or seized, there is always a journey which moulds and shapes the eventual leaders mind-set and of course that second definition of leadership, their characteristics of leading. The question is, has this leader got the ability to connect to their followers?  How much of this leaders ethics, and integrity remains after this journey has been complete how much is betrayed along the winding road to the top? Finally, how much is forcefully or unknowingly adopted to reach the zenith?

Tony Blair’s early life can be described as something of prestige and comfort. He received the best of educations at Fettes College in the leafy outskirts of Edinburgh. A Hogwarts style Gothic independent boarding school that haughtily rises above  Edinburgh’s panorama.  Alumni include a variety of Viscounts and Businessmen as well as Generals.  How many of these alumni had come from Sedgefield, a traditional mining community when Tony Blair was a teenager I do not know. However I hazard to bet coal smudging fingers were not looked upon as suitable for the powers that be at Fettes.  The disconnection between Tony Blair and the constituency he won a seat for in 1983 illustrates the inner workings of British politics. He was placed leader of a constituency that was being ravaged by Mine foreclosures of the Thatcher regime yet during his years as Prime minister of the country his new labour ideals involved pandering to the private sector and opening up British economy and very little was done to ease the blows to the economies of the north. In many ways carrying on the Baton of economic deregulation that Thatcher had passed onto Major. Blair brandished it, blazing, and his rhetoric and hyperbole shrouded the unequal society we lived in throughout the nineties and noughties. As the markets played craps with the countries savings, traditional Labour protected bastions of society began to be contaminated with the touch of privatisation. The NHS and our universities now had a price. To most of the population, growing up with the benefits of free university education was a beneficial and indispensable fact of life. To Privately educated Tony Blair this institute was expendable, surplus to requirements. Men and women from his ilk could use their money and nepotism to achieve success in life, just like he did. Tony Blair throughout his political career has had no connection the people he has supposed to lead. His road to premier went through a period of social turmoil in this country, he was a front seat witness to the socially destructive nature of Thatchers regime yet he placed no barrier to halt it entrenching. He has had no regard to the views of the country he was elected to lead and that is illustrated in his contempt to public opinion over the Iraq war.

The future of this country seems to be in the hands of the same crop of people who carved out its past. White, Oxbridge trained careerists with little credentials for leadership. Nick Clegg went to a private school in Farnham Buckinghamshire yet now holds the Liberal Democrat seat in the constituency of Sheffield Hallam and the position of deputy leader for the coalition. David Cameron was born with a silver spoon is his mouth and is at the helm of this nation trying to guide it out of an economic quagmire whose seeds were laid by his party. His road map will line the pockets of a chosen minority and batter our hospitals, schools and Universities. Ed Milliband has been painted by many as a breath of fresh air. State schooled left leaning son of a Marxist theologian. What I could do now, is quote revolutionary zeal laden snippets from one of Millibands many celebratory speeches that he has concocted in the past forty-eight hours to illustrate how “progressive” he is and how he embodies a movement for “change”. What I am instead going to do is quote another leader of the labour party, Tony Blair;

“I am a socialist not through reading a textbook that has caught my intellectual fancy, nor through unthinking tradition, but because I believe that, at its best, socialism corresponds most closely to an existence that is both rational and moral. It stands for cooperation, not confrontation; for fellowship, not fear. It stands for equality.”

Tony Blair did not enact out any of these credos.

 So to rest on what Ed has been prophetically preaching from the creaking pulpit of new Labour as a compass to where he will be taking his party and possibly this country is dangerous. We can only so far gage his direction by analyzing the momentum from where he has come from. He played the political game and climbed the ladders of New Labour through building bridges and being the loyal guard dog of Gordon Brown. He saw the light touch approach on the economy by his mentor and its ramifications and thought “these are my people”. He saw the proposal for ID cards and a 90 day detention sentence and thought “these are my people”. He saw the Iraq war and was disgusted, but not enough to leave his precious job as poster boy for New Labour because they were his people. One million Iraqis died as a direct result from Anglo-American atrocities in Iraq. To Ed MIlliband these deaths are “a profound mistake”, not a crime. It seems that his political careerism knows no bounds, even with his integrity.


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