View Full Version : Poorly Educated Politicians

5th Sep 2008, 10:25
It appears we have signed up to something our leaders don't understand. Another example of falling education standards?? If only they had taken 'O' level physics instead of art history or meeja studies.

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5th Sep 2008, 10:40
It isnt that they are uneducated they have a very good education it's because they are unintelligent and cannot make use of said education.
been like that for years amongst the ruling classes,teach them to pass exams but not to understand the information given, that is how it's done these days.

5th Sep 2008, 10:52
uneducated politicians are nothing new.

Did you know, in the UK House of Commons, the doors the MP's go through to vote dont have 'in' or 'out' they have a little carving of a lions head on each door...one with its tongue stuck out...meaning..'out' and one with its tongue stuck in..meaning...'in' becuase mp's in olden times couldnt read...they had servants to do that sort of thing for them

5th Sep 2008, 11:03
Interesting point - Although we do have some politicians with science degress e.g David Wiggley - How many of then have a proven record of technical acheivement - I'm not including M Thatcher in this she used her chemistry skills only briefly in industry - Recreational food stuffs - please correct me if i'm wrong on this. - We seem to have a parliment populated by Lawers & Historians - never mind being led an Historian at this time. It takes time and skill to become able to evaluate Scientific & Engineering issues (Pilots are Engineers - I will be shot for this.) - Are our self selecting leadership lacking in technical skills me thinks.

Is this a BORIS inspired thread ?


5th Sep 2008, 17:57
Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of British Wind Energy Association countered: "We don't have to pay for wind power it just comes to us naturally"

So those turbines just drop out the sky from heaven as a gift, do they? :ugh:

5th Sep 2008, 18:28
... been like that for years amongst the ruling classes ...
I hope you're not including politicians in that category, shedhead ... they are not rulers but servants who can be disposed of (voted out) as easily as they were employed (voted in).

Der absolute Hammer
5th Sep 2008, 19:11
Class is funny.
The English hate the ruling classes but in England the ruling classes are the Socialists.

5th Sep 2008, 21:02
It's becoming increasingly apparent that Brown's financial education was totally insufficient.

5th Sep 2008, 21:08
It's becoming increasingly apparent that Brown's financial education was totally insufficient.

As was his social skills training.

amber 1
5th Sep 2008, 22:11
The problem is that they all think they are terribly clever when in fact they are pretty mediocre at best.

Gertrude the Wombat
5th Sep 2008, 22:32
There's only one requirement to become a politician: that you get more votes than anyone else.

Education is not a requirement. (Under UK electoral law, this is, the rules may be different elsewhere.)

However, if you would prefer an educated politician to an uneducated one that's up to you, isn't it, when you come to cast your vote.

This would, of course, mean that you would need to pay a little more attention to who the candidates are than just looking at their party badge, and this turns out to be far to much trouble for the vast majority of voters. (Voting at all is far too much trouble for most voters in most UK elections, so expecting them to bother to find out what education the candidates have is cloud cuckoo land, frankly.)

[Yes, I am an elected politician, and I have a first from Cambridge in a science subject, thank you very much. But I'm quite sure my voters don't give a damn about that; however just in case, I take care not to tell them, to avoid the risk of them deciding I'm too "elitist" for them.]