The Unelected Elite Factor
The Mandelson Factor.
I start by stating my appreciation of the fact that we have people of his calibre in public life. He’s a real player and I think that he’s in general terms a force for good governance. I rate him highly.
Many people have negative views of him personally, though in most cases I think they’re reacting to the persona created by some parts of the press. They’re the same people who would think that Machiavelli was always a force for evil, which he wasn’t.
Mandelson saved Browns neck this week in the estimation of many people and I agree with that view of the situation. If it weren’t for Lord Peter I think we’d be in general election mode within a few days.
Now to my question:
How valid is it for him or any other unelected person to be acting in a position of governance? I’ve already said I rate him highly, but there are many others that I rate equally highly and if he wasn’t elected, why should we not have an executive arm of the state that simply employs the best people for the job and sticks them all in high office via the House of Lords?
In fact, why do we need an elected government at all on that basis? Why doesn’t QE2 just go and get the best squad she can and let them run UK PLC?
The answer is of course DEMOCRACY, which I think the current goverment has done much to undermine (take the referendum matter as an instance) and which it doesn’t apparently care too much about.
If Peter Mandelson and Digby Jones and Alan Sugar are going to be asked to run the country, doesn’t it say so much about the quality of the ELECTED people that are available to this government?
To be continued …