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TheBlueCat

All The Girls Are Gagging For A Squaddy

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5 minutes ago, TheBlueCat said:

OK, silly title, but, some irritating virtue signalling aside, this is another insightful article in a left wing publication:

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/03/uk-tires-career-politicians-soldiers-are-returning-parliament

I think weve reached out limit on career pols and public sector busy bodies and union officials.

Not sure about squaddies but Id vote for someone whos hold down a job in the private sector.

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That's a stupid article.  The reason for the 'prime ministers been in the services' from 1940 was due to conscription and national service.  Beyond that, the 'squaddies turning to politics' is actually mid ranking officers, who might have experience in 'leadership' and 'teamwork', but mainly they've got experience in 'having to cope with a very formal working environment' and 'forced to get a different job in their mid 40's' -- both of which are conducive to 'I suppose I'll try politics'.

There is a place for the ex military in politics, and they can do a very good job, but it isn't a panacea.

I'd prefer to have many more people who've actually been successful in business, but they're all too busy actually working (in their 40's-50's) to actually do the 'jump through hoops' legwork to climb up that slippery ladder in the local party to become senior councillors or politicians.

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1 hour ago, TheBlueCat said:

OK, silly title, but, some irritating virtue signalling aside, this is another insightful article in a left wing publication:

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/03/uk-tires-career-politicians-soldiers-are-returning-parliament

Johnny Mercer mentioned in the article is a thoroughly sound chap, and I've always thiught he'd rise up the ranks, bit early for PM contender perhaps.

This is a good light-hearted interview shortly after he was elected:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03m98pq

His maiden speach was OK too

 

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