( An fifteen European Election read|)
Politics these days is an ugly game of lies and responsibilities.
It is said that if you want the best and brightest people to represent you in politics you can only attract them by offering lucrative remuneration.
Almost a third of MEPs have second jobs or outside income, according to Transparency International, which is calling on MEPs to be obliged to provide more detail about their earnings and employers.
Because these days, politics attracts career professional politicians who are more likely to lien their own pockets. Take two prime examples- The Nigel Farage’s and Donal Trumps of this world.
It is us that cast the votes and it is us that determine that leaders have certain traits or skills.
However, in this world of data algorithms and Social Media Platforms perhaps this no longer holds true rather what really matters is the competencies that are projected on to leaders by their authorizing environment. In other words, the key to leading is to mobilize others toward the prescribed course of action to address the identified problems.
But only identifying a problem and formulating a solution is not enough if people do not act upon it. We witness this every day with Brexit and Climate change.
So let’s look at CREDIBILITY AS A SOURCE OF POLITICAL CAPITAL:
Political capital refers to citizen feelings about the political regime as a whole, not just about the party or coalition which is currently incumbent.
Or is political capital not linked to structural, system characteristics but to a quality associated with individual citizens.
Or is the political capital of global leaders their ‘ability to use
power or authority to gain the support of constituents in a socially effective way.
Or is political capital just a commodity that professional
politicians need. An asset that leaders own.
However, it should not be forgotten that without an audience, without citizens or constituents, there would be no (political) leadership.
In other words: leadership is relational.
Political capital can thus relate first of all to the confidence and legitimacy one bestows upon political institutions.
To get things done a politician must have political capital.
To be able to take the necessary but perhaps unpopular decisions, and to survive taking them as well, leaders need political capital.
This can be summed up in three main forms: skills, relations and reputation.
How political leaders perform that some of them are attributed to credibility whereas others are not.
Is it up to audiences to attribute credibility to political leaders?
After all, political capital is a form of credit founded on credence.
If people don’t believe in the messenger, they won’t believe the message. Political leaders need to be credible not like Trump or Farage.
It is hard to believe that only appearing to have – for example – knowledge of the economy or Brexit without actually having a clue can be considered a political resource.
Unfortunately, Communication between politics and society is to a large extent mediated:
Where in British politics is the counter to the resentment and the populism—along with the real, earned dismay at the incompetence of Parliament when it comes to Brexit?
Where is the logic of a USA president that denies climate change, that’s starting a trade war with China and looking for a war against Iran, that thinks rape is an ok weapon of war?
Its time we their employers evaluate their performance to see if we are getting our money worth.
In the European Union, it is time to vet MEP spending, replacing the current MEP-led system.
There are several ways of looking at government performance.
Broadly speaking, the objective of governments is to maximise
their citizens’ welfare.
The ideal way to assess government performance would be to measure all the outputs that government produces or outcomes that it achieves, and compare these with the money it spends and resources it uses to assess its efficiency and productivity.
This isn’t possible, given how difficult it is to define and measure many of the outputs of government. A proxy for performance is whether departments are using technologies and working practices which are believed to be productivity-enhancing.
If information is power, then performance measurement is surely tightly linked to the creation and use of power.
If the whole chain is considered, it is possible to better analyse why performance is being measured, how and by whom, what is seen to be of value, what is being gained and what is being lost, and who is benefitting and losing from this.
However quantified measures lead to measurement becoming more technical, costly and politically controlled.
What is needed is a blend of political purpose and rationality.
This form of measurement cannot be demanded by force but needs to be gained through persuasion and involvement.
How can we achieve this?
There is also potential for directed collaboration to engender a more realistic-political approach to performance measurement, and allow it to become more critical, iterative and reflective.
Citizens bonds could and would counteract the plunder of Democracy by Data algorithms that make a profit though Hedge funds (The Brexit-supporting hedge fund manager Crispin Odey made £220 million and was filmed by a BBC documentary crew saying: “The morning has gold in its mouth.” ).
Their performance would measure governments programmes by their return on investment.
BUILDING TRUST BETWEEN THE POLITICIANS AND THE TAXPAYER THUS CREATING REAL POLITICAL CAPITAL:
Ultimately, these Bonds can be distilled into power in its purest form.
You must remember that without the man on the streets, politics is a zero-sum game. Without people, the pursuit of power is meaningless.
Around the world with climate change governments are dancing with disasters.
Despite the fiscal constraints of the day, the rationale and the resources can be found – if the political will is there.
To bolster political capital it is not tax, tax and more taxes which leads to popularism.
Let us all invest in the future. THERE IS NO POLITICAL CAPITAL IN Brexit.
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