The Trump-orchestrated insurrection of 6th January in the United States indicates that there are deep flaws in an adversarial system of government. Against all reason, many Republicans are still sympathetic to Trump. It can only be from habit of sticking together against the opposition. In more primitive democracies this turmoil is blatantly evident in the coups and insurrections and even revolutions that occur. The entire West, though, is lately becoming polarized and disruptive in reaction to the stimulus for change. Governments are reacting instead of accepting that election of numerous small parties indicates that the people want numerous opinions aired in Parliament, rather than two.
I believe the people, if not the governments, are ready for, not a majority government with an obstructing opposition, but intelligent, informed debate along with a willingness to listen to different points of view.
The experience in the U.S. of A. also highlights the dangers of having one person at the helm. Personality politics is a precarious way to govern. Power corrupts, and after a few “Captain’s calls” have received accolade, a “Captain”, being human, is likely to let the power go to his head and become autocratic. On the other hand, our Prime Minister in Australia has bent over backwards to prove he is not autocratic, and surrendered Commonwealth powers to the States, avoiding responsibility for major decisions in a long-drawn-out crisis.
We would do better with NO Prime Minister – with simple majority rule, with a Speaker keeping order. Even the Speaker should be subject to approval by a two thirds majority of the entire Parliament. Australia can tidy up its scrappy ends much more easily than can the U.S. of A. with its cumbersome constitution. Let’s do it as soon as possible.