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Howard Jones BS: meritocracy dead in British Politics? (48) RE: BS: meritocracy dead in British Politics? 06 Nov 19

How posh is parliament?

it concludes: Clearly, every young person in the UK does not have an equal opportunity to become an MP.

However, to what extent should that be a realistic expectation? Of course MPs are there to represent their constituents but does that mean that parliament's social make-up should match that of the country as a whole? Being an MP is a peculiar job which requires peculiar talents. Among other things, it requires a certain type of intelligence to understand complicated issues and to handle, even relish, the plotting necessary to achieve success in a political career. Of course, education doesn't equate to intelligence and neither does it always teach the skills a politician needs, but it is unsurprising that MPs tend to be better educated than most, whether through the private or public sectors.

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