Monday, 1 December 2008

Comparatively speaking...

Our Man does like a spot of comparative politics, let's compare some notable world leaders. How about Kim Jong Il, illustrious beloved father of North Korea, and, er, Taro Aso, Prime Minister of Japan. Hmm, so much to consider. Here's a handy cut-out-and-keep table to help:


   


You get the idea... (with thanks to Guido Fawkes for the inspiration).

5 comments:

datsun kildare said...

why have they never had a chance for a free vote?

Winchester whisperer said...

One may be dead, one may just be brain dead.

Our Man in Abiko said...

No free vote because Aso was chosen president of his party in a stage-managed party leadership vote after the previous lacklustre prime minister quit. Aso has yet to face the electorate.

Brain dead? I think he's only sleeping. But really, if this chap wins the next general election, there is no hope for democracy in this country.

Garrett said...

Couldn't pretty much the same criticism of Aso be made of pretty much any PM in a parliamentary system? After all, Aso's LDP won a landslide in a general election just over 3 years ago and will have to face another general election in about 10 months at the latest. People are just as free to vote for the DPJ in Japan as they are to vote Tory in the UK, for example.

I'm with on the aristocracy count (although Aso's pop was not a pol), but no one is forcing the electorate to vote on name recognition, and there are frequent, free, and fair elections.

I wouldn't fret too much about the turnover rate for PMs - a year is more or less average. With the machinery of gov't tied up in ministries and Cabinet officials largely being Diet members who keep their posts, it's no biggie if the PM changes.

Anonymous said...

And both like expensive sushi and partying all night...