Her Majesty’s politicians have many flaws, but also one merit that cannot be questioned: when they decide that the time has come to open the “windows” and change the “air”, they do it. This is how change constantly materializes on Doëning Street.
At best, it can be decided by voters through elections. But in exceptional cases also by the political parties themselves. This has already happened several times in the past. Just consider Margaret Thatcher, to name one of the most famous cases.
Then the same thing happened with Theresa May, David Cameron and yesterday with Boris Johnson. Of course, the reasons are different, but the essence does not change: the party decides that it is useful to make changes, and the leader is invited (it is more correct to say forced) to leave.
There are no permanent political leaders in Great Britain. There, change is not perceived as a negative value or as a humiliation, but as an opportunity. While the British had no problem sending home even a giant like Winston Churchill, who won World War II with the Allies (defeated in the 1945 general election by Clement Attlee’s Labor Party), there are more leaders who have retired earlier from the same political parties.
Above we mentioned the case of the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, who was forced to resign in 1990, after remaining a minority in the Conservative Party. After her departure, Michael Heseltine took over as party leader while John Major was sent to 10 Downing Street in her place.
For all the great changes she brought to her country, and despite becoming an icon of the conservative world globally, along with US President Ronald Reagan, Thatcher was unable to overcome the huge wave of public antipathy that produced especially the adoption of a new fixed tax, known as the “poll tax”.
Also, she paid a heavy price for her positions in the European Community, which did not have the agreement of everyone in the Conservative Party. The leadership of a party in Great Britain is decided democratically.
It takes a certain number of signatures from fellow MPs (conservatives foresee 8 signatures in their status), to be able to compete for leadership. Then the delegates decide after meeting in an assembly. The procedures are very fast, and last a few weeks at most.
And there is no need for the country to move towards new parliamentary elections. After settling scores within the party, the new party leader is presented to the Queen, who mandates him to form the new government cabinet. That all happen with extreme simplicity and transparency.
Of course, there is no lack of internal strife and power games, as happens in any political system. But unlike Italy, Byzantine behavior and “revolutions for the sake of revolutions” are reduced to a minimum. Just as the “dramas” that are performed in front of the public are almost non-existent.
If a leader is defeated and leaves through the door, he cannot return through the window, perhaps wearing a different costume, pretending nothing happened. This is also another major difference between the British system and the Italian political system.
If Churchill was sent home after defeating the Nazis, Johnson was deposed after defeating the Covid-19 pandemic. So history keeps repeating itself. Regardless of what good things leaders may have done, British politics has a very high turnover rate of leadership elites. And this generates powerful antibodies against any kind of disease./ (From Orlando Sacchelli – “Il Giornale” – bota.al)
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