Monday, July 28, 2008

Gordon Brown's crisis

In Sun Tzu's Art of War, the welfare of the people is always stressed as the utmost importance in any situation. It is quoted in the book that "... The leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril". A nation is nothing without its people and the leader must always govern with the well-being of the people in his mind.

As recently witnessed in Malaysia, the ruling party, Barisan Nasional, experienced an embarrassing defeat in the elections. It lost sight of their main goals, the very reason that they were elected in the first place; to alleviate the suffering of the people. Now, another similar incident has happened in the West, where Britain's ruling party, Labour, lost the Glasgow East by-election.

Labour had held Glasgow East at the previous election with an overwhelming majority of 13,507 and the support of more than 60 per cent of voters. However, all was seemingly lost when Glasgow East was conquered by the Scottish National Party with a staggering swing of 22.54%.The reason for this shocking defeat? The people were furious with the Government over the ever escalating cost of living. It topped the voters' list of concerns and coupled with the fact that Glasgow East is one of the most deprived areas in the UK, quickly brought the defeat of Labour in the election.

When the people feel neglected and suffering is abound, the leader has failed in his duty and just like the General who does not follow the Art of War, the incompetent leader should be sacked.


Anonymous said...

Let see what can Scottish National Party do for Glasgow East.

Using a different perspective to interprete Sun Tzu's art of war. Though I do agree that lack of concern is a cause, I would say that Labour Party lost due to many other factors.

Were they really able to hold after they won at Glasgow East in the last election? On what basis did Labour Party won? Scots are always Scots. Forgive me if I'm wrong as I'm from Singapore. But I do remember Scotland was bought into the fold of GB by a mixture of force and economic carrots. :)

Maybe Glasgow East is deprived as perceive. But it could be possible that Labour party was trying as hard. Yet they could not let the folks see the lights of their efforts. Labour Party has also failed to highlight the current economic situation. Not only in UK. There are countries that faces the direct impact of the current downturn.

Glasgow East maybe affordable. This means Labour party can afford to lose this by election. Hence able to concentrate their resources on other areas. Glasgow East may have been add up to further glorify the victory of Labour Party in the last election.

Albert said...

Go for!!