The most famous comedian in the world must surely be the’ Dear Leader’ of North Korea or should I say the Democratic Republic of North Korea. This hidden menagerie has been off the planet for the last 60 or so years and the system that they have devised must certainly be one of the most unusual on earth. The fact that they include the term Democratic in their name is of course not the only case of such ‘missing-the-point’ descriptors. If it wasn’t for the suffering of the ‘Dear Leader’s’ people, it would indeed be funny, but I doubt many could find humour is mass starvation and human rights abuses.
Take for example the actual process for the upcoming election: One must register---OK I can go along with that; then voting is compulsory and that too is not the craziest of notions, given that other countries also have such a rule, in which it is possible to enter an informal vote. It is from that point though that the picture becomes even more farcical. One collects the voting paper, on which there is only one ‘sanctioned’ candidate, chosen by the ‘Party, and endorsed of course by the ‘Dear Leader,’ who in his wisdom and all-knowing of everything that is important for his survival, makes the best decisions for his ‘kingdom.’
One fills in the paper, voting either ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Of course if your choice is, ‘no’ you need to go through to another alcove, one that is clearly labelled as the ‘no’ vote. Who in their right mind, and after having endured a system that has basically been perpetrated for 60 plus years, thereby enhancing the rigidity of the said system, would ever vote no? Maybe some have but they would have signed their own death warrant. ‘Few people would come out of the ‘re-education’ camps, alive or at least severely unscathed, mentally or physically.
Even North Korea’s near neighbour, the might China, looks like a land of opportunity, compared to North Korea. I am sure they wriggle with embarrassment at the goings on in the ‘mad kingdom’ across the border. What is even more worrying is that the Dear Leader had his crazy finger on the switch that could rain death and destruction on the people of the region. That his people starve and live in a manner that is more akin to that of mediaeval Europe, tells a great deal about this megalomaniac, murderer. At some point, China is going to need to take action, least the scourge that lives across the border causes an end to China’s so-called economic miracle(for some, but not all). Still, I know which country I would rather live in, one party state or not! It ain’t the land of Dear Leader!