Saturday, October 27, 2007

Our valuable masters

One of the arguments advanced for the really rather generous renumeration received by our lords and masters in the House of Commons is that they would do very well outside of politics and we need to attract the best.

What we actually seem to end up with is the mediocre and the idiotic, so it is hardly surprising that they are near valueless once they have run their electoral course.
Politicians who lose their seats struggle to make a living in the real world, research has found.

The study said employers have little use for former MPs - and some take more than a year to find a job.

And those who do manage to find work often complain that they do not earn as much as they did in Westminster. Others sulk about losing the perks of the Commons.

So, they are, as we have long suspected, utterly shit. And what chance do these people have when so many of them have never had any real job?

John Trenchard, for instance, has gone through the current Cabinet, detailing their near-universal lack of experience in the real world.

So, given that these lazy, talentless fuckers are of absolutely no use whatso-fucking-ever to private companies, are they then left begging on the streets? Oh, I wish: I would take great pleasure in throwing change at a starving and desperate David Miliband. And then I would laugh and laugh as his face, briefly lit up in gratitude, returned to an expression of deepest misery as he realised that the coins thrown at him with such contempt were low demonination Euros...

But this is, alas, pure fantasy for this is not to be the fate of the majority of these useless cunts. What, then, happens to them: where do they go?
A high proportion of those who do find work get places on quangos.

Brilliant! They move to less accountable positions, probably on higher salaries, where their utter lack of talent can be suitably rewarded by their erstwhile friends.

What a bunch of corrupt, useless, venal fuckers.


Longrider said...

Perhaps there should be a minimum entry requirement with evidence of competence in the real world before standing for parliament. And, perhaps, it should not be a full time job, so they would have to continue earning a living in the real world while taking time out (unpaid by their employer)to carry out parliamentary duties - for which they would receive basic compensation for the salary they are losing, plus reasonable expenses. After all, they only work part time now...

Just thinking aloud.

Another alternative is a bit of anarchy, some rope and a few lamp posts...

John Trenchard said...

At the *very* least we could insist that anyone working in a Treasury position should have an economics or business degree - or failing that, prior experience of running a business.

Have a look at the biography of the current Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Ed said...

It would be quite prescriptive to have entry requirements. The problem is that to be selected for a party you pretty much have to be a party stooge who has jumped through all the hoops. Sensible professional and business people just don't have the time or inclination to climb the greasy pole.

That is why "good" people often get plucked into the Lords.

Being an MP should not be a full time job, parliament should sit at evenings and weekends not 9-5. Expense allowances and incumbency allowances should be cut drastically to be replaced by a small fixed salary and perhaps a small London accommodation allowance.

It's too easy for idiots like Sion Simon to make a good career out of being an idiot at our expense.

Longrider said...

Hmm... The problem with having no minimum entry requirement is that you can get an eighteen year old with no experience whatsoever being selected just because she is a party stooge - and the daughter and granddaughter of party stooges.

Given that in some locales simply having the right colour rosette pretty much guarantees election, what means do we have of ensuring that these people are competent to legislate on our behalf?

Other walks of life that affect other peoples' lives have entry requirements and while it may be prescriptive, those requirements are accepted as reasonable and necessary.

I don't offer a magic solution, but I would like to think that someone who is legislating on my behalf and is affecting my life when doing so, does, at least, have some inkling of the world in which we live.

Ed said...

If the voters of those constituencies are happy to have an idiot representing them then that's up to them surely!

DocBud said...

"So, given that these lazy, talentless fuckers are of absolutely no use whatso-fucking-ever to private companies."

They have a calorific value.

John, how many people who run major companies have an economics or business degree? Some will have MBAs but a first degree in business is about as useful as a media studies or tourism degree.

Shug Niggurath said...

The problem with a lot of these cunts nowadays is precisely their lack of experience in anything other than fucking politics. A career politician is usually advertised as a good thing.

Well it's fucking not!

And they'll usually trot out the 'lifetime of public service' as if these cunts are after anything other than easy money and the trappings of power. I routinely wont trust a politician on any issue because of the venality of the little fuckers.

And we end up in ludicrous situations where we are governed by 36 year olds who have no practical experience.

The post up from Dr De'ath probably advertises this best - when decisions are made by people with no experience of the actuality it probably simply doesn't occur to them that experience might be necessary.

Longrider said...

If the voters of those constituencies are happy to have an idiot representing them then that's up to them surely!

But somewhat unfortunate for those of us who didn't vote for them and have to suffer the consequences...

When a winning politician makes an acceptance speech starting with "I intend to represent those who did not vote for me..." they are lying.

Roger Thornhill said...

docbud: They have a calorific value.

Maybe a job for Bricktop and his pigs...

KG said...

"Another alternative is a bit of anarchy, some rope and a few lamp posts..."
I'm with Longrider there.

genghis pinko-khan said...

I note that Alastair Darling qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and then went to the Bar in 1982.

I wonder if that might have been anything to do with the fact that inbetween these dates he worked as a trainee solicitor in a well-known firm in Scotland called Pitcairns.

Darling was sacked by the senior partner guessed it -INCOMPETENCE.

Myrddin Wen said...

Politicians are no more than Pod People, vegetable clones with an alien gestalt.

Invasion of the BodySnatchers is a documentary after all...

Salt water dissolves them y'know.

no thats Triffids.