Abraham Lincoln has been in the news this month. It’s the 150th anniversary of both the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address, and Steven Spielberg has taken the opportunity to pay homage. Lincoln is also directly relevant to what we might expect in the NHS in coming weeks. Lincoln, when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, is said to have observed, “So you’re the little lady who started this great war”. If you’ve met Julie Bailey on the Top Leaders core programme, you might draw the analogy about her impact on the anticipated change resulting from Francis.
Xi Jinping has been in the headlines recently. As the new president of China, chairman of the Central Military Commission and secretary general of the Chinese Communist Party, he heads a country of 1.3 billion people. What grabbed the recent headlines was not so much his appointment, but rather his disappearance for 13 days in the run-up to his appointment.