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June 4, 2019

Teamwork in Politics

State Visit to the UK

US President

What exactly are people protesting about when it comes to Donald Trump’s visit to the UK? Firstly it isn’t Donald Trump visiting the UK it is the President elect of the United States of America. Whatever people think about Donald Trump as an individual is irrelevant here.

The United States are the biggest most powerful allie Britain has got and we must work together. Rather than wasting their time protesting about Donald Trump the protestors would be better spending their energy on making the two countries work together for the benefit of all.

Working Relationships

Most of us have had to work with (or for) people we would not choose to be friends with or may even dislike, but you have to build a working relationship with them. It is the same here, we have to build a working relationship with the President regardless of the feelings towards the person.

It is the same within our own Government. There is continual back biting and bad mouthing, even within the same party! It is far easier to highlight the failings of others than to work together and work out how to make things happen for the benefit of the country.

I may be cynical but when you see a politician being interviewed and they spend 95% of the time criticising the opposition, it makes me feel that they have absolutely no idea how to fix the problem themselves.

Government appears to be fragmented, made up of individuals all working to their own agenda. This is never going to work. They are employed by the people for the people. When we work together we are powerful, alone we are weak.

The armed forces are strong as a unit, a sports team successful when working together, when animals work together they survive. The commonality between all these is they are all focusing on the same goal. If we could actually get the members of government to all focus on the same goal, who knows what might be achieved.

Leadership

Within government there are 25 ministerial departments

  • Attorney General’s Office
  • Cabinet Office
  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs
  • Department for Exiting the European Union
  • Department for International Development
  • Department for International Trade
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work & Pensions
  • Department for Health & Social care
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • HM Treasury
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Northern Ireland Office
  • Office of the Advocate General for Scotland
  • Office of the Leader of the House of Commons
  • Office of the Leader of the House of Lords
  • Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Office of the Secretary of State for Wales
  • UK Export Finance

Each of these departments will have their own aims and objectives. 25 individual departments working towards their own aims and objectives and forgetting how each objective fits with the ultimate objective makes government very weak. However if each of these departments works properly and achieves its aims and objectives, clearly understanding how what they are doing takes the country nearer to achieving its ultimate objective then government will be very strong.

Teamwork training

The sports teams and armed services train tirelessly to gain the skills to understand what the objectives are and how to achieve them. This is what the Prime Minister must be doing, ensuring clear communication and understanding of the objectives. Gaining the respect of the government (and the country) and leading them forward to success.

This is a very simplistic view of politics but sometimes I feel that this is what’s needed. Look at how politicians in particular answer a question, they can talk at length and still not answer the question. This is very clever, but not impressive. What would be impressive is a straight answer. I would be mightily impressed by any politician who came out and answered a question by stating ‘this is where we are now, this is where we need to be and this is how we are going to get there’.

As you have probably realised if you managed to read all of this, I don’t know a lot about politics and to be honest I don’t think you need to. I like simple, straight talking. Tell me your objectives and how you are going to achieve them, simple!

What do you think? Am I being too simplistic? Is this not possible? Does politics have to be run this way? Please let me know by leaving your comments below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for reading.

Justin – founder of twitway.com

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