Britain’s Trump needs to be challenged over his media barriers


borisThe decision by Boris and his media team to control when he is given questions and when he speaks is clearly something his mentor, Donald would support. However we are not the US and Boris is not our President, he is the Prime Minister and leader of a political party. This means that rather than having a mandate from the whole of Britain in the way that Americas Trump has, he has the mandate from his constituency of 23,176 voters and in terms of his political party, 92,153 party members. Clearly a few of his party members are also his constituents and so if we round down his total number of voters to 115,000 this means he has support from around 0.17% of our nation. His decision to refuse to be interviewed or asked questions by the media may well be something that previous Prime Ministers in the 1940’s and 1950’s and even into the 1960’s would have determined. However Boris is the Prime Minister in 2019 and his accountability and appearance in Parliament has so far been limited to about an hour. Unless Parliament is recalled there will be no more Parliamentary appearance until 3rd September at the very earliest and even then there is no way of knowing if he will turn up on the first day back from their summer break. It is clear we need a very different approach to the one he has adopted in his visit to Wales!

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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