82% Labour Candidates Public Teat Sucklers
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.