If I could press a button to get the response I’d like from politicians I’d want greater integration of government activities. Governments have become so complex, so stove-piped, that the synergy needed for effective planning for the future is completely submerged in tiny little boxes throughout the government.
So there’s no coherence and very little vision. In governments there are very able people but few visionaries have emerged in the US and UK where I am a citizen. Obama is perhaps a visionary but I don’t see many others. In terms of governments in countries where I’ve worked, I think bland aspirations are all too often a substitute for well-considered vision. Sadly, I think short-termism and managerialism generally outweighs vision with clearly defined objectives and long-term perspective.