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21st Apr '17 12:37:41 PM AgProv
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** British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher was always a polarizing figure who never garnered strong approval ratings outside of hardline right-wingers. However, she remained in power for over 11 years and lead the Tories to three straight election victories largely because, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement depending on your political position]]: the Labour party [[IdiotBall refused to abandon the socialist platform]] which to some observers led to the stagnant economy and crippling labour strikes of TheSeventies; or else the schism that created the snow-defunct Social Democratic Party resulted in there being ''two'' parties of the left - which divided the opposition vote and gave Thatcher a clear run at power. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats' election strategy could be best summarized as, "Maggie's poor handling of the economy will surely tank her in the polls soon, right? Any day now." The combined opposition parties' votes alaways far outstripped that for Thatcher - but it wasa split between three parties. Meaning the "first past the post" system worked in her favour. When she finally fell from power in late 1990, it was at the hands of her own Conservative Party, which came to believe she had finally become too arrogant and hard-headed in light of the Community Charge fiasco and her hysterical viewpoint towards German Reunification and booted her in favor of the more moderate JohnMajor.

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** British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher was always a polarizing figure who never garnered strong approval ratings outside of hardline right-wingers. However, she remained in power for over 11 years and lead the Tories to three straight election victories largely because, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement depending on your political position]]: the Labour party [[IdiotBall refused to abandon the socialist platform]] which to some observers led to the stagnant economy and crippling labour strikes of TheSeventies; or else the schism that created the snow-defunct (now-defunct) Social Democratic Party resulted in there being ''two'' parties of the left - which hopelessly divided the opposition vote and gave Thatcher a clear run at power. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats' election strategy could be best summarized as, "Maggie's poor handling of the economy will surely tank her in the polls soon, right? Any day now." The combined opposition parties' votes alaways far outstripped that for Thatcher - but it wasa split between three parties. Meaning the "first past the post" system worked in her favour. When she finally fell from power in late 1990, it was at the hands of her own Conservative Party, which came to believe she had finally become too arrogant and hard-headed in light of the Community Charge fiasco and her hysterical viewpoint towards German Reunification and booted her in favor of the more moderate JohnMajor.
21st Apr '17 12:36:33 PM AgProv
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** British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher was always a polarizing figure who never garnered strong approval ratings outside of hardline right-wingers. However, she remained in power for over 11 years and lead the Tories to three straight election victories largely because the Labour party [[IdiotBall refused to abandon the socialist platform]] which lead to the stagnant economy and crippling labor strikes of TheSeventies which brought Thatcher to power in the first place, while the Liberal Democrats' election strategy could be best summarized as, "Maggie's poor handling of the economy will surely tank her in the polls soon, right? Any day now." When she finally fell from power in late 1990, it was at the hands of her own Conservative Party, which came to believe she had finally become too arrogant and hard-headed in light of the Community Charge fiasco and her hysterical viewpoint towards German Reunification and booted her in favor of the more moderate JohnMajor.

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** British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher was always a polarizing figure who never garnered strong approval ratings outside of hardline right-wingers. However, she remained in power for over 11 years and lead the Tories to three straight election victories largely because because, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement depending on your political position]]: the Labour party [[IdiotBall refused to abandon the socialist platform]] which lead to some observers led to the stagnant economy and crippling labor labour strikes of TheSeventies TheSeventies; or else the schism that created the snow-defunct Social Democratic Party resulted in there being ''two'' parties of the left - which brought divided the opposition vote and gave Thatcher to power in the first place, while a clear run at power. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats' election strategy could be best summarized as, "Maggie's poor handling of the economy will surely tank her in the polls soon, right? Any day now." The combined opposition parties' votes alaways far outstripped that for Thatcher - but it wasa split between three parties. Meaning the "first past the post" system worked in her favour. When she finally fell from power in late 1990, it was at the hands of her own Conservative Party, which came to believe she had finally become too arrogant and hard-headed in light of the Community Charge fiasco and her hysterical viewpoint towards German Reunification and booted her in favor of the more moderate JohnMajor.
16th Apr '17 4:26:46 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In "New Girl in Town," Raph's constant criticism of Leo's leadership leads an exasperated Leo to step down and let ''him'' be leader for a while to see if he can do the job any better. Before long, Raph cracks under the pressure while fighting Snakeweed, unable to come up with any better plan than "go for the head" and freezing up completely when Mikey is injured. When they escape, Raph admits to Splinter that he can't handle the pressures of Raph admits to Splinter that he can't handle the pressures of being leader and now realizes [[TheChainsOfCommanding how tough Leo has it]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In "New Girl in Town," Raph's constant criticism of Leo's leadership leads an exasperated Leo to step down and let ''him'' be leader for a while to see if he can do the job any better. Before long, Raph cracks under the pressure while fighting Snakeweed, unable to come up with any better plan than "go for the head" and freezing up completely when Mikey is injured. When they escape, Raph admits to Splinter that he can't handle the pressures of Raph admits to Splinter that he can't handle the pressures of being leader and now realizes [[TheChainsOfCommanding how tough Leo has it]].
13th Apr '17 7:10:48 PM danlansdowne
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** And now that [[PointyHairedBoss Stephen Harper]] has been in power since 2006, he can owe his long stay in Ottawa to similar circumstances. Since [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere Chretien walked in 2003]], the Liberal Party has been plagued by corruption allegations and infighting whilst being under the steward of incompetent leaders while the NDP has been chewing up their electorate, effectively splitting the left-wing vote in half and thus [[InstantWinCondition guaranteeing Harper consistent election victories]] despite the majority of Canadians thinking he's a clown. It wasn't until the NDP moved towards the center under the late Jack Layton and later Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau took charge of the Liberal Party that Harper has faced anything resembling viable opposition.

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** And now that [[PointyHairedBoss Stephen Harper]] has been in power since 2006, he can owe his long stay in Ottawa to similar circumstances. Since [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere Chretien walked in 2003]], the Liberal Party has been plagued by corruption allegations and infighting whilst being under the steward of incompetent leaders while the NDP has been chewing up their electorate, effectively splitting the left-wing vote in half and thus [[InstantWinCondition guaranteeing Harper consistent election victories]] despite the majority of Canadians thinking he's a clown. It wasn't until the NDP moved towards the center under the late Jack Layton and later Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau took charge of the Liberal Party that Harper has faced anything resembling viable opposition. opposition (leading to his defeat in the 2015 election).
8th Apr '17 3:38:50 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In "New Girl in Town," Raph's constant criticism of Leo's leadership leads an exasperated Leo to step down and let ''him'' be leader for a while to see if he can do the job any better. Before long, Raph cracks under the pressure while fighting Snakeweed, unable to come up with any better plan than "go for the head" and freezing up completely when Mikey is injured. When they escape, Raph admits to Splinter that he can't handle the pressures of Raph admits to Splinter that he can't handle the pressures of being leader and now realizes [[TheChainsOfCommanding how tough Leo has it]].
23rd Mar '17 9:33:12 AM marcoasalazarm
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the main reason [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar Asdrubael Vect]] has managed to remain the supreme overlord of [[WretchedHive Commorragh]], a society consisting of pretty much entirely of backstabbing amoral bastards where KlingonPromotion os the norm, for over 6000 years is a) he's a MagnificentBastard {{Chessmaster}} who has been able to [[XanatosGambit out-gambit]] any of his rivals and b) most of the Archon lords are smart enough to realize that if Vect would die, the entire city would be thrown into a massive civil war as every Archon would attempt to seize the throne for himself. The fact that all his rivals hate each other nearly as much as they hate him also helps.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the main reason [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar Asdrubael Vect]] has managed to remain the supreme overlord of [[WretchedHive Commorragh]], a society consisting of pretty much entirely of backstabbing amoral bastards where KlingonPromotion os is the norm, for over 6000 years is a) he's a MagnificentBastard {{Chessmaster}} who has been able to [[XanatosGambit out-gambit]] any of his rivals and b) most of the Archon lords are smart enough to realize that if Vect would die, the entire city would be thrown into a massive civil war as every Archon would attempt to seize the throne for himself. The fact that all his rivals hate each other nearly as much as they hate him also helps.



** In another episode, Smithers goes on vacation and invokes this by deliberately choosing the most incompetent employee to fill in as Burns' assistant. Naturally, this is Homer Simpson. However, it [[SubvertedTrope backfires]] on him because Homer eventually snaps from Burns' treatment that he ''punches him.'' This traumatized Burns, and he became terrified of Homer. [[GoneHorriblyRight This forced Burns to learn how to do things for himself like operate the phone, prepare coffee and drive a car.]] He thanks Homer for this just as Smithers is coming back and Smithers ends up fired. Eventually, Homer injures Burns again and thus Burns relies on Smithers once more.

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** In another episode, Smithers goes on vacation and invokes this by deliberately choosing the most incompetent employee to fill in as Burns' assistant. Naturally, this is Homer Simpson. However, it [[SubvertedTrope backfires]] on him because Homer eventually snaps from Burns' treatment that he and ''punches him.'' him'' (hard enough that he thought he'd ''killed Burns'' for a moment). This traumatized Burns, and he became terrified of Homer. [[GoneHorriblyRight This forced Burns to learn how to do things for himself like operate the phone, prepare coffee and drive a car.]] He thanks Homer for this just as Smithers is coming back and Smithers ends up fired. Eventually, Homer injures Burns again and thus Burns relies on Smithers once more.
23rd Mar '17 9:11:14 AM DeckardCanine
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** In another episode, Smithers goes on vacation and invokes this by deliberately choosing the most incompetent employee to fill in as Burns' assistant. Naturally, this is Homer Simpson. However, it [[SubvertedTrope backfires]] on him because Homer eventually snaps from Burns' treatment that he ''punches him.'' This truamtized Burns and he became terrified of Homer. [[GoneHorriblyRight This forced Burns to learn how to do things for himself like operate the phone, prepare coffee and drive a car.]] He thanks Homer for this just as Smithers is coming back and Smithers ends up fired. Eventually, Homer injures Burns again and thus Burns relies on Smithers once more.

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** In another episode, Smithers goes on vacation and invokes this by deliberately choosing the most incompetent employee to fill in as Burns' assistant. Naturally, this is Homer Simpson. However, it [[SubvertedTrope backfires]] on him because Homer eventually snaps from Burns' treatment that he ''punches him.'' This truamtized Burns traumatized Burns, and he became terrified of Homer. [[GoneHorriblyRight This forced Burns to learn how to do things for himself like operate the phone, prepare coffee and drive a car.]] He thanks Homer for this just as Smithers is coming back and Smithers ends up fired. Eventually, Homer injures Burns again and thus Burns relies on Smithers once more.
20th Mar '17 10:21:58 AM JoeMerl
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** Current Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is the only Prime Minister in the country's history who has won three straight elections and will surpass country founder David Ben-Gurion as Israel's longest serving Prime Minister if he completes his current term. It's not because he is an amazing, beloved leader. The vast majority of world leaders, including leaders of Israel's strongest allies such as American President UsefulNotes/BarackObama, can't stand him and see him as little more than an agitator who is driving the Middle Eastern peace process backwards. His brazen claim that he [[AGodAmI represents all of the Jews in the world]] during a 2015 speech to the United States Congress [[WhatTheHellHero infuriated Jewish populations around the globe]] and has made them grow to dislike him as well, despite their unwavering support of Israel as a whole. Within Israel's borders he is a polarizing figure who is largely seen as a giant {{Jerkass}} who has isolated Israel on the world stage through his asinine behavior towards other heads of state and who has been continuously running the economy into the ground. He remains in power largely because in the wake of the increased threat of Islamic terrorism Israel faces due to Hamas taking over the Gaza Strip, Iran looking to develop nuclear weapons and the later rise of ISIS, he is the only person who can competently manage Israel's military and intelligence and protect the country from the violent anarchy that is plaguing the rest of the region. Him overseeing [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower extremely effective national security initiatives]] such as [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon Iron Dome]] hasn't hurt either.
** Similarly, former Israeli Prime Minister [[FourStarBadass Ariel Sharon]] alienated his Likud party due to his plans to [[PetTheDog unilaterally disengage Israeli settlements from the West Bank and Gaza Strip]]. So he [[StartMyOwn left Likud and started his own Kadima party]] so he could [[TheDeterminator go ahead with the disengagements anyways]]. However, after he suffered a major stroke which rendered him a vegetable and the government and Kadima party fell into the hands of CorruptPolitician Ehud Olmert, the government collapsed in a giant cloud of corruption that landed Olmert in jail. As of 2015, Kadima has no representation in the Knisnet.

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** Current Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is the only Prime Minister in the country's history who has won three straight elections and will surpass country founder David Ben-Gurion as Israel's longest serving Prime Minister if he completes his current term. It's not because he is an amazing, beloved leader. The vast majority of Many other world leaders, including leaders of Israel's strongest allies such as American President UsefulNotes/BarackObama, can't stand him and see him as little more than an agitator who is driving the Middle Eastern peace process backwards. backwards (he had a particularly acrimonious relationship with American President UsefulNotes/BarackObama, then leader of Israel's greatest ally). His brazen claim belief that he [[AGodAmI represents Israeli leaders should advocate for all of the Jews in the world]] during a world (as articulated in his 2015 speech to the United States Congress [[WhatTheHellHero infuriated Jewish populations around U.S. Congress) naturally miffed many more liberal Jews in the globe]] and has made them grow to dislike him as well, despite their unwavering support of Israel as a whole. Diaspora. Within Israel's borders he is a polarizing figure who is largely seen as a giant {{Jerkass}} who has isolated Israel on the world stage through his asinine behavior towards other heads of state and who has been continuously running the economy into the ground. He remains in power largely because in the wake of the increased threat of Islamic terrorism Israel faces due to Hamas taking over the Gaza Strip, Iran looking to develop nuclear weapons and the later rise of ISIS, he is the only person who can competently manage Israel's military and intelligence and protect the country from the violent anarchy that is plaguing the rest of the region. Him overseeing [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower extremely effective national security initiatives]] such as [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon Iron Dome]] hasn't hurt either.
** Similarly, former Israeli Prime Minister [[FourStarBadass Ariel Sharon]] alienated his Likud party due to his plans to [[PetTheDog unilaterally disengage Israeli settlements from the West Bank and Gaza Strip]].Strip. So he [[StartMyOwn left Likud and started his own Kadima party]] so he could [[TheDeterminator go ahead with the disengagements anyways]]. However, after he suffered a major stroke which rendered him a vegetable and the government and Kadima party fell into the hands of CorruptPolitician Ehud Olmert, the government collapsed in a giant cloud of corruption that landed Olmert in jail. As of 2015, Kadima has no representation in the Knisnet.Knesset.
20th Mar '17 9:52:38 AM JoeMerl
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* One ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode features Officer Barbrady, the incompetent policeman, taking a sabbatical so he could learn to read, which led to mass chaos. It wasn't so much that he was ''good'' at his job -- it's just that as long as ''somebody'' was doing it nobody would go out of their way to commit crimes, but without him people decided to just start looting at will. The problem was eventually solved when [[JerkAss Cartman]] took over for a while. Well... depending on one's definition of "[[{{Dystopia}} solved]]," anyway.

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* One ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode features Officer Barbrady, the incompetent policeman, taking a sabbatical so he could learn to read, which led to mass chaos. It wasn't so much that he was ''good'' at his job -- it's just that as long as ''somebody'' was doing it nobody would go out of their way to commit crimes, but without him people decided to just start looting at will. The problem was eventually solved when [[JerkAss Cartman]] took over for a while. Well... depending on one's definition of "[[{{Dystopia}} "[[TyrantTakesTheHelm solved]]," anyway.
15th Mar '17 11:49:08 AM FordPrefect
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* Otto Von Bismarck had this set up for most of his career. Unfortunately, he came up against a Kaiser who either didn't realise this or just didn't care and removed the one person keeping everything running (relatively) smoothly. This ended badly for just about ''everyone'' as it turned out to be at least in part a step that lead to the First World War later on.

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* Otto Von Bismarck had this set up for most of his career. Unfortunately, he came up against a Kaiser who either didn't realise this or just didn't care and removed the one person keeping everything running (relatively) smoothly. This ended badly for just about ''everyone'' ''everyone'', as it turned out to be at least in part a step that lead of what led to the First World War later on.



** UsefulNotes/RichardNixon attempting to invoke this trope on himself lead to the Watergate scandal; the Watergate Hotel break in was part of a larger initiative lead by Nixon to sabotage the campaigns of the Democratic primary challengers so that he would face the weakest possible candidate in the 1972 election. He succeeded, and defeated Democratic challenger George [=McGovern=] in one of the biggest landslides in US history. However, subsequent investigations into the break-in discovered this tactic and that Nixon was TheDragon for a bunch of rogue groups committing all kinds of abuses of power as a means of weakening the Democratic opposition, and this lead to his resignation amid certain impeachment.

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** UsefulNotes/RichardNixon attempting to invoke this trope on himself lead led to the Watergate scandal; the Watergate Hotel break in break-in was part of a larger initiative lead led by Nixon to sabotage the campaigns of the Democratic primary challengers so that he would face the weakest possible candidate in the 1972 election. He succeeded, and defeated Democratic challenger George [=McGovern=] in one of the biggest landslides in US history. However, subsequent investigations into the break-in discovered this tactic and that Nixon was TheDragon for a bunch of rogue groups committing all kinds of abuses of power as a means of weakening the Democratic opposition, and this lead led to his resignation amid certain impeachment.
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