Love her or Loathe her, Margaret Thatcher was every bit the Iron Lady. She had balls of steel. A formidable woman, she clawed her way up in the greasy, sleazy world of politics, and made a name for herself.
Not one to bow down, she gave the order to go to war over the Falkland’s, took her entire cabinet to task if something went wrong, and only once did we see a tear, which was when she was ousted by her own party after being the driving force that led them to success.
Now, Justin Trudeau, the PM of Canada is the polar opposite. With his dashing good looks, fun and pretty unorthodox approach to his job, you’d expect to see him more at home on the stage at Glastonbury, not in a suit behind a desk running a country.
Now, I don’t dispute that he’s a nice guy, and I bet he’s an absolute scream on a night out. He’s probably done the Rocky Horror show in full drag. He’s that kind of cool. However, when running a country, you can’t be both hip and popular, and then exercise your power. The two don’t go hand in hand.
A teacher that is cool, popular and hip is far less efficient at controlling a classroom than a teacher who is firm but fair. There is a balance that has to be mastered, and the same goes with a PM.
I’m not a snob when it comes to politics, and a few things he does are (in my opinion) unfairly picked on. For example, he has a penchant for funky socks, such as his Star Wars collection, and he doesn’t want to simply be another boring suit behind a desk. He relishes life, and isn’t afraid to enjoy every moment of it. But there doe come a time where the schoolboy antics have to stop and the grown up head has to be used.
His recent exploits in India were at times cringe worthy, begging for selfies with celebs, donning traditional attire and dancing. It’s all well and good to get into the swing of things, but, Justin, you have to realize that you’re not on holiday. You’re doing a diplomatic visit. Essentially a business trip.
Emotions are a good thing to see in politics, and most women prefer a man that is able to show his emotions, but blubbering like a baby is not attractive. I dread to think what happens when he watches Bambi, BTW, Bambi’s mum gets a slug to the head!
To be a ruler, you need to toughen up. I don’t care about whether you wear R2D2 sock, dye your hair pink, or if the mood takes you, you decide to wear eyeliner. They’re all aesthetics. I want to see a world leader with a backbone, a leader who will do exactly that, lead.
Not another politician who’s going to promise the world, but then now deliver.