Amateurish professional politicians

June 05, 2008 11:02 AM

Stephen Glover, writing for the Mail, laments the grip of inexperienced politicians on our public services:

"The irony is that the professional politician, fixated on power and on a limited but guaranteed financial reward, often turns out not to be a professional at all, but a bumbling amateur who struggles to remain on top of a brief. And that is why it is a certain bet that, with politicians like these, we will continue to read about one Government plan after another going wrong."

The solution isn't to find politicians with different backgrounds but to avoid relying on them to deliver effective public services.  Instead, we should hand control back to civil society.

Stephen Glover, writing for the Mail, laments the grip of inexperienced politicians on our public services:

"The irony is that the professional politician, fixated on power and on a limited but guaranteed financial reward, often turns out not to be a professional at all, but a bumbling amateur who struggles to remain on top of a brief. And that is why it is a certain bet that, with politicians like these, we will continue to read about one Government plan after another going wrong."

The solution isn't to find politicians with different backgrounds but to avoid relying on them to deliver effective public services.  Instead, we should hand control back to civil society.

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