On the student hub, we have been discussing about the situation in the UK where several of the UK's most recent prime ministers have resigned because of the mistakes they made. Liz Truss resigned after she made a mistake and people said they couldn't trust her anymore. Boris Johnson resigned after breaking one of the rules he made during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Should leaders make mistakes?
Nobody is perfect. In my opinion, leaders are humans and it is normal for humans to make mistakes but when they make a mistake they should apologise sincerely and learn from their mistakes so that they never repeat the same mistakes again. Leaders need to understand that they are in very sensitive positions. They should not be allowed to cut corners and overlook their own laws just because they are holding political positions. They should obey their own laws. They cannot be exempted from their own laws because that is diabolical.
What should be the attitude of citizens towards leaders when they make mistakes?
There is a popular saying, "To err is human but to forgive is divine". I think citizens should forgive leaders when they make mistakes and they apologise and are willing to learn from their mistakes. We should not beat up leaders for the mistakes that they have made. But I do not think that applies for all instances...
Taking the example of a leader who makes a mistake of not giving feedback on a particular issue and he/she apologises and another example of a leader who has had an argument with the president of another country and out of anger decides to start a war with that country and the many lives are lost then afterward, the leader comes to apologise to the citizens after making a mistake that caused many lives.
The gravity of the mistakes are different. I feel the first is less severe than the second. In such a case I don't think the two should be forgiven equally. The second offense is more severe so the leader should be made to suffer some penalties. This does not mean that an offense such as the second one should not be forgiven. It should but there has to be other penalties for that leader as a form of deterrent because leaders need to learn that they occupy sensitive positions and that cannot be taken lightly.
In my opinion, penalties for mistakes should be given according to the gravity of the mistakes made.