While many people have been fixated on the leadership challenge currently going on in the National Party, spare a thought for what has just happened in China where Xi Jinping just became leader for life by removing the two (five year) term limits on his leadership.
While not a democracy in any way shape or form before, the term limits (much in the same vein as those of the US presidency) were at least a brake on attempts at unbridled power by those who would, for all intents and purposes, become the new Emperor of China.
Now, with those gone, Xi Jinping can rule as long as he likes; just like all those other benevolent despots such as Robert Mugabe, Kim Jong Un, Hun Sen and Vladimir Putin and now China looks a lot more like its crazy neighbor, North Korea.
Of course not everyone in China is down with this move, both the public and possibly other factions in the political elite, are unlikely to be fooled by the propaganda and heavy censorship of criticism of the move.
Many people will look at this and say “who cares” but when a significant portion of the planets population is under the rule of one person and one person only you need only scant recourse to history to see what could possibly go wrong.
And anyone with even the most basic shred of knowledge of China need only look back 50 years to see how things were under Mao Tse Tung to know that China under the rule of one can go rabid and dangerous very quick with no recourse to any limits on what madness can transpire (ie the Cultural Revolution).
And National MPs going into the caucus today may wish to keep this information in the back of their heads when choosing who to vote for as the next leader of the National Party as while NZ is a democracy (with limits on power) there is more than one candidate lining up today who looks and sounds like they would rule for life if given half a chance (Judith Collins I am looking at you).
So the mantra for today is: be thankful you live in a democracy where there are limits on power and your leader today may not be leader tomorrow.
Note - If your wondering why the image of Winnie the Poo, click here.