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    Hi everyone,

    Has anyone got aims to be a politician? What thoughts do you have on achieving this? I'm really interested in this but there doesn't seem to be a lot of info out there....so far the most comman route seems to be to establish yourself as a local councillor first.

    It would be good to make cntact with other people interested in this too...

    The worst politicians of recent times are the "career politicians" - i.e. the ones who follow the "school-college-university-researcher-party lackey-MP-Minister" route. One of the reasons put is that such people have not had experience of a life outside of the political system and that they end up too far removed from the day-to-day problems that people face. As a result, they are sometimes seen by lobbyists as much easier to "pick off" when pushing their cause, and are less likely to stick to personal principles (i.e. to rebel against the party line) because so much of where they eventually get to is based on patronage rather than building up a strong local base and/or reputation in a given field.

    For example, if you are an MP who has say spent several years working in a given field (say as a worker for a large manufacturer, as a legal aid lawyer or in small business) while serving as a local councillor thus building up your local base, you are much more likely to be a more effective politician than someone whose career has been completely inside of the system.

    John Major's autobiography will give you an idea of the type of people I'm talking about - newly elected younger MPs anxious to become ministers as soon as possible.

    My advice would be to get some experience of public service delivery - i.e. where you are dealing with stuff at the sharp end (for example with the homeless, disadvantaged or the unemployed) as should you end up as a politician this is the sort of day-to-day stuff you'll end up dealing with. It is at the sharp end of things that is often the crucible for imaginative ideas and solutions to deal with difficult issues.
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