Muhtasim Ali
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Why most of the politicians have good academic background? Can you not be a mediocre student and still do well in politics?
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Why most of the politicians have good academic background? Can you not be a mediocre student and still do well in politics?
You don't need to go to a top school through your entire life to get involved in politics. In Politics, all that really matters is gaining a seat and to do that, you must gain the support of your electorate (the population that can vote in that seat). I don't know of any MPs who have gone around their seat campaigning about how they went to all these great schools and then they get elected. I highly doubt the electorate even look into the schools that their MPs have gone to, only on occasion. In fact, the newest election meant most MPs were educated in state comprehensive schools (51%). The logical reasoning why potential MPs may have the advantage if they have been privately educated is that they were educated better, and even that is a very large generalisation. Many people who go to private school, in my experience, take their lives for granted and just become too lazy to educate themselves on what they should know. Of course, good education will give you an advantage but if you don't have 'good education' then you can always still become heavily involved in politics. Politics is about appealing to your electorate/constituents and you don't need to be incredibly intelligent to do that, just charismatic and knowledgable on what matters to your electorate.
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Corbyn got 2 Es at A-Level and he’s managed to do well for himself. The majority of politicians have good grades and went to uni for something, but I’m sure a lot of them didn’t even go to uni.

It’s good to get plenty in of people from different backgrounds. Nothing could be worse than having 650 people who all did PPE at Oxbridge and worked at a bank representing us.
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For politicians, I think it's more about respect - to come across as an honest, well-rounded, hard-working, decent human being. Having a spouse and children for example is common among politicians. Maybe people have more respect for family men and women? Having a degree contributes to that overall image of being successful, although it's not really needed. That said, it's important that politicians are good communicators, intelligent and ambitious, so I would imagine it would difficult for somebody with those attributes to leave school and not have a good academic background.
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Corbyn got 2 Es at A-Level and he’s managed to do well for himself. The majority of politicians have good grades and went to uni for something, but I’m sure a lot of them didn’t even go to uni.

It’s good to get plenty in of people from different backgrounds. Nothing could be worse than having 650 people who all did PPE at Oxbridge and worked at a bank representing us.
Not that Jeremy Corbyn comes from a poor, underprivileged background of course.
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Not that Jeremy Corbyn comes from a poor, underprivileged background of course.
I’m talking about his academics, not his socioeconomic background
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Normally i'd be tempted to say it helps to not be a moron in politics but then again, the evidence to the contrary is rather conclusive.
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I’m talking about his academics, not his socioeconomic background
You also said that it's good to have people from different backgrounds, privilege is just as prevalent when it comes to politics.
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