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Part of the problem is that the government structure itself does not exactly lend itself to strong, dynamic leadership on policy and planning. Even if you had strong political individuals, capable of providing consistently strong leadership, they are still going to be often frustrated by the consensus-based, committee system. It seems to take ages to do or achieve anything over here. And then the States will just stand in the way of change. Dave Jones is essentially right and we should blame the States' failings on weak leadership; but the system is as much to blame as the individuals concerned.