Revocation and political culture

The government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the UK is going through one of its worst moments. In addition to rising inflation, rising energy prices, and a lack of support from his party, the reason Johnson has the highest unpopularity rate is a small party held at Downing Street Gardens (the Prime Minister’s office). 2020. The leak of a video in which several high-ranking government officials joked about this meeting has resulted in the resignation of the press secretary, and the prime minister is on the verge of a no-confidence vote for most of the UK Parliament.

In countries with high political cultures, it is common to see tight political controls over offenses that may seem minor, such as social gatherings held during quarantine on official property. In addition to Parliament, the media and citizens are demanding substantive action for the ethical failings of the Prime Minister, who attended the 25-minute meeting, and his entire government. This should be a reason for reflection on our attitude towards those in power.

The above made me think about the political situation in Medellin. Complaints of mismanagement, changes in contractors that hindered the implementation of successful programs such as a Good Start or the Botanical Garden’s maintenance of city parks, insults to citizens and businesses have had the mayor of Medellín and many of his secretaries answer these questions. city ​​councils and other regulatory bodies.

Until now, our attitude as citizens towards local politics has turned out to be partly indifferent to the two years of all forms of abuse by the current city government. As a city, we are tolerant of the ramblings of the mayor and his team, perhaps awaiting correction for their actions. However, the time has come to correct and make the collective voice of the citizens heard. The recall rate, as a constitutional mechanism, allows us as citizens to decide whether we want this government to continue its mandate or not.

Medellín is maturing in its political culture. This is good news, as it marks a milestone in terms of a new level of demand from citizens about what their rulers did or didn’t do. It is also positive that various political sectors and various leaderships put aside their differences regarding the future of the city. In addition, a strong message is sent to those seeking to occupy space in the City Council: political control must be real and effective. Finally, it is shown that it is possible to find a higher purpose or a coherent purpose now and perhaps in the future. The unification of wills from various sectors in dealing with local problems has led Medellin to become a resilient city that grows stronger and thrives in the face of adversity. The same thing happened with the current situation. There is reason to be optimistic and to make our voices and rights felt before those who fail in their responsibility to govern and build a hopeful future.

Matt Thompson

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