Four Prime Ministers in Six Years: The UK’s Descent To Failed State Is Complete

Adebayo Adeniran
5 min readSep 5, 2022

And the next leader is waiting in the wings…

The British people by Matt Brown via unsplash

The year is 2001.

The country’s economy is in the doldrums.

Owing to its inability to resolve its intractable problems of high inflation and civil disturbance, a number of heads of state are appointed.

And defenestrated.

By the year’s end, the country has had five Presidents.

The country in question is Argentina.

To those who have made it far, they may be wondering what on earth has Argentina got to do with the first country in the world to industrialize?

To help provide a sobering reminder of how quickly a country can fall out of favour and into disrepute as a result of execrably bad leadership.

Argentina heading into the 20th century was one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Its economy was larger than France or Germany’s in 1913 and nearly twice the size of its former colonial master — Spain.

The world renowned luxury store — Harrods's — was present in only two countries — The United Kingdom and Argentina — in the 20th century.

But once the Latin American country had its first taste of political instability, it never recovered. It simply veered from military dictatorships to elected governments until the early 1980s.

Even then, the unresolved problems of the previous decades came back to haunt the country in so many different ways culminating in the events of 2001/2002, when the country was changing its leaders like it was changing its underwear.

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Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible