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82% Labour Candidates Public Teat Sucklers

Would-be MPs mainly men who know little outside politics, survey says - Times Online

The survey from the New Local Government Network (NLGN) think-tank found that half the candidates from the three main parties come from local government. More than 60 per cent of all Liberal Democrat candidates are councillors while the figures for the Tories and Labour are nearly 45 per cent and 44.2 per cent.

In addition, 15 per cent of prospective candidates have either worked for a political party or as a special adviser, and 10 per cent have worked in the Commons as a researcher.

The study, the first of its kind, suggests that the current model of the career politician is set to continue. The analysis does, however, show that the Tories have been successful in attracting a high number of candidates (46 per cent) with business backgrounds. The Liberal Democrats have 30 per cent, while 18 per cent of Labour candidates have worked in the commercial sector.

I'm not so worried about the number of councillors, unless they are bearded liberals. It is a sensible first step in political activity but yet again too many are divorced from the real world. I wonder of those that boast a background in commerce how many have actually sweated over running a business and how many count a shelf stacking job as experience? How can the Tories only manage a minority of candidates who have actually worked? A plague on all of them.

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"18% of Labour candidates have worked in the commercial sector." That's surprisingly high. Of course we in the commercial sector have a lot of government-imposed non-jobs (compliance officers, tax collectors for PAYE and VAT and almost all the HR staff who police employment rights, not serve the business and its customers). I would love to see research into the real experience of that 18%.

Anyone paid by the taxpayers has a clear conflict of interest in running for office or, indeed, voting.

I do think that professionalism in the many of its forms is indeed such a curse.

Mr George Will, over here a nominally conservative columnist, is scathing about "career politicians," also. For what it is worth, at the time of the American Revolution, lots of those types had sate in their local legislatures, the House of Burgesses and so on. But, when we say that also they /worked/ in the everyday world of farming and business, they indeed had done. Irrespective of class, from Washington, erstwhile Royal Navy cadet, surveyor and planter, to Revere, the silversmith, all were familiar with the cut and thrust of business.

Opposing them in the old land were a load of class-defined sub-Cantabrian & Old (!) Etonian, languid Tories and aetiolated, rheumy Whigs, professioanls all....

Alas, History, In short order the self-proclaimed new Americanos would re-create the party system, root & scabby barren branch; the combination of temptations, society, prestige and fulltime exemption from any sort of real work, all of it was just too much to withstand.

You tell me....

Meeting payroll on friday before paying oneself is something few MP's have any knowledge of.

Well, I've just been selected as a Tory District Council candidate in 2011 and I have spent 20 years in the private sector and am now a partner in a Change Management Consultancy.

The world of Government and the Public Sector is completely alien but I am sure that I'll enjoy shaking things up if I get the chance...

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