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If I ruled the world: David Blunkett

The Arab uprisings have shown that people do speak up. But it’s not enough—we need a global campaign for political literacy

By David Blunkett   April 2011

I think most people would quake if they thought for a moment about David Blunkett ruling the world. So would I. I’d rather have the late Harry Secombe in such a role—at least he’d make people laugh.

The idea has its appeal, of course. Who hasn’t felt at one point that they’d like to be a benevolent dictator? But as I discovered during eight years in the cabinet—and seven years leading the city of Sheffield—this would not be a good idea. So my own take on ruling the world would be pro citizenship and political involvement, but anti formal structures…

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