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Spoilt for choice

india Updated: Apr 26, 2009 21:05 IST
Hindustan Times
The dialogue | You don’t choose. I feel that this system of MPs getting together and selecting someone as prime minister

I notice that nowadays everyone feels that they should be prime minister. How can one choose who is the right person?

You don’t choose. I feel that this system of MPs getting together and selecting someone as prime minister is all bunk. We should have a cabinet made up only of prime ministers.

What nonsense, how would any work get done that way? Everyone would want to get his or her way.

Exactly, they would squabble endlessly among themselves and try and pull each other down. At the end of the day, by a process of elimination, only the best man or woman will be left standing.

An extraordinary suggestion. But what about other portfolios? Who would frame policy on issues like agriculture, foreign affairs etc?

The policies are already there. To hear you speak, one would think that governments are actually interested in framing policies. Can’t you understand that everyone is out to show the other person down and come out on top? Once in power, who cares about policies?

This would lead to anarchy. Who would look after the interests of the voiceless, the deprived?

Please don’t make me weep. The poor will eventually inherit the earth. But in the meantime, it’s every man for himself. The poor have got by without any help all these years, they’ll muddle through. But think of the fun we’ll have watching our cabinet of prime ministers go at each other. Why, it would be better than Big Brother.

Well, it might be worth a try though I still have my reservations.

No one gives a toss about your reservations. I think it could work. We could then call it a democrazy.

Do say: Let the fist among equals prevail.

Don’t say: The buck stops here.