By Michael Stubley
What do our most illustrious leaders all have in common?
Throughout history we are able to see certain types of leaders who were able to successfully implement reform, make difficult decisions and as a result achieve favourable outcomes. The leaders that implement long lasting reform that is fair and just, and who bring about long term economic growth are the ones that will be remembered within the history books. There is a type of leader that springs to mind when I think about successful reform within three of the most advanced and civilized nations in the world and that is conservative. I am of course referring to three of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen; John Winston Howard, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
No doubt no leader has been flawless, although it does sometimes seem to be the case upon quick reflection. I personally put this down to their ability to focus on the big issues and ensure that they are dealt with the highest priority. There is no question that when a good leader has a highly talented cabinet they are able to deal with almost any issue, it simply becomes a question of division of resources.
“There has never been a successful leader in the history of the world that hasn’t made a lot of mistakes, the important thing is to get the big issues right.” – John Winston Howard.
Something that the left seem to do quite well is throw up many small issues with the sole intention of trying to destabilize the government. The Left will continue to do this even though it is very much at the detriment of the constituency. These may perhaps be favourable in the media and can place a lot of
pressure on the leader to support the policy or idea.
“To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.” – Margaret Thatcher.
I do not think that governments should engage in activity that will bog themselves down in minor issues; issues that they know are designed to be a distraction to the cabinet and hinder major policy reform. People do not remember how the minor issues were dealt with in the fullness of time, only the issues that will increase their quality of life. I believe a good leader is one that has the ability to clear the smoke screen that is put up by the left in a deliberate attempt to create difficulty for governments so they may peruse their own left wing agenda.
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan.
The conservatives must continue to engrain good leadership in their culture so that the debate with the left can always be brought back to issues such as economic reform and security rather than arguing minor nonsense. While the left wing parties fail to see it now when all of their nonsensical policies fail, the constituency always seem to knock on the door of conservatives to correct all of the mess. It is all too often taken for granted that the conservatives will be there.