Monday, 11 May 2009

Does Politics = Poweromics?

... Given what has happened with the expenses fiasco!

The expenses system was as system they set up themselves, and profited from themselves. It's not about asking them to say sorry, but questioning the fundamental values, beliefs and morals. Does a leopard change his spots? No - but Chameleons can change it's colour, without changing the fact that they are a Chameleon!

Have a look at
Hazel Blears saying how we the hate the "system" ... without understanding we don't just hate the system, we despise the lack of morals that they have, and hate how THEY deliberately designed the system for themselves so they could profit from it themselves (i.e. Poweromics).  They also did all they could to try to stop us from finding out, by attempting to stop the freedom of information act being used to expose what they were up to (well done Freedom of Information Act, but let's see how long it is before they change that law - as they can)! 

The idea of
trust, honour, responsibility and respect appear entirely absent in Politics - values are not what people espouse, it's what they actually do! The idea of Civic Duty and Public Service no longer exist, and this will not change until we change the people responsible for setting the rules of the game (ie. Politics and Government).  Does a leopard change it spots, or a chameleon change it's  DNA? How many politicians were actively  complaining about the system before all this was exposed?  I think few more questions are needed are needed than this.

The internet can change everything, if we want it to that is, so let's take responsibility and spread the word - e.g. let people know about this blog so they can follow it.


Comment 81 (Leanomist)

The Key Question: How many politicians complained about it before the system they created/profited from was exposed? ... The next Key Question: How many politicians tried to stop it being exposed?

With regard to honor, a phrase used by Chaucer to Adhemar (in the film a Knight's Tale) comes to mind and can be used for any politicians who did not complain about it earlier ...

"You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting".

A new breed of politician is now needed - where values are demonstrated and not simply espoused. A new form of 'economics' is also required - one not based on "Poweromics" *

Let's hope we have not long to wait before hard-working people wish it so and are given more meaningful forms of democracy to make it so. One vote every 5 years hardly does this, especially as most votes count for very little as it's only marginal constituencies that normally determines who Governs - proportional representation would arguably be a start - but we don't even have that ... more Poweromics I'm afraid!

David Clift, a Future 500 leader, founder of Leanomics** and a Poweromics* blogger

* Poweromics = People use position and power for their own personal gain, based on poor moral values, self interest and greed. 

** Leanomics = People take responsibility for adding value and continuously improving the situation for others (e.g. customers, communities, overall environment), based upon fundamental values such as trust, honor, responsibility and respect.

The internet has changed the rules and will transform everything, including 'politics' and 'economics'. Google's mantra is "Do no harm". The Leanomics mantra is "Do good".