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Letter: Our democratic system needs continuous reform


Camilla Cavendish (Opinion, January 15) rightly despairs of the tainted cultures and outrages at the leadership of 10 Downing Street inmates. Yet bad systems always trump individual driving.

Boris Johnson is just one part in a broken kingdom.

Because democracy is a system of governance, impermanent rulers are a lower order state problem. A well-designed democracy goes beyond the integrity of a person, position, political party, pressure group, region or institution. Democratic performance depends on the fitness for purpose and progressivity of all of the realm’s governance systems and state roles.

Although nature’s ecosystems are self-organizing and developing their own integrity, human legacy governance systems are not strong. They cannot cope with the dynamic complexities and disruptions of our time. Current bad systems of governance are collapsing due to inherent weaknesses in human nature.

To avoid such failure, new models (such as distributed systems leadership, psychological ego testing, and strategic monitoring) are needed. They must improve governance at ecosystem levels of self-correction, thereby ensuring progressive development and evolution.

Our supposedly democratic system needs to be reformed permanently so that it can learn to control itself, to organize itself and to progress, beyond the prejudices of an interested ideology; especially his distorted cabaret of morally deficient acts. Johnson is portrayed as a misfit and deviant member of an “elective dictatorship” of broken hierarchy. As Lord Hailsham could be able said: had he been educated and trained differently, his legal thoughts and constitutional opinions might have incorporated the analysis, development, efficiency and design of qualified systems.

If only more of the world’s mass media could shift their focus from news scoops to instructional articles on improving governance and governors for the challenges of our time. Then the need for moral truthfulness could be imposed on the whole system of government, rather than on the thoughtless partygoers – whether boosted or not.

Norman Strauss
Advisor to Margaret Thatcher 1976-1982
Twickenham, TW1, United Kingdom