Registered On: January 3, 2014
I didn’t particularly want Jeremy Corbyn for PM but still voted Labour at the last General Election.
Likewise I have friends who voted Conservative (yes, I do have friends who aren’t Marxist) but think Johnson is a blithering idiot.
Depends whether you’re voting for party or personality. Personalities come and go. Parties generally have a lengthier lifespan.
Also, the leader is there to serve the party (and in turn the country) not the other way round. Big egos and personal agendas are bound to cause problems. Leaders like Trump will always divide the electorate more than a less colourful character (George W Bush?). The grey suited PMs of post war Britain didn’t really divide opinion the way that Maggie Thatcher or Tony Blair did.
Unfortunately the 21st Century has become the age of the celebrity, so I expect we’ll get more cartoon characters like Trump and Johnson appearing on the political horizon in the future.
Ultimately they are still answerable to the electorate but more often than not they provide the smoke and mirrors to deflect from what is happening in the background.
That’s what we need to be aware of.