The expression “I need a hero” which once was nothing but a song title to me, in today’s society seems highly relevant. Following the US election, it seems clear that in the UK we are in need of something…a hero. I was lucky enough to visit New York during the election last year and got to witness first-hand the effects of a leader like Barrack Obama. Everyone felt inspired, not only adults who never dreamed they would see a black president but children, teenagers. This to me was unusual, because although young people in the UK have political affiliations and have valid opinions about our government no one seems inspired.
An inspirational leader is something I have not seen in British government. There has never been anyone who looked at the disillusioned youth or the many jobless citizens and promised change. I’m not talking about changing the economy but more the relationship between the government and the citizens. There was something about Obama that made an entire nation feel as though they were not alone, as though he was facing their fears with them, as though he was the voice of the people. Wasn’t that what government was supposed to be about? But the government we see today does not speak for us, it often seems as though they speak for themselves.
Who do we have? Who can be compared to the “Rockstar President”? No one, which is why I feel we are in need of a hero. We need someone original and charismatic who will not just hide behind tradition because as a whole we are no longer traditional. We don’t want to stand behind our leaders, but beside them. So whether our change comes in the form of a new party or a new candidate we don’t need familiarity, we need a hero!
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