Same problem here

Tony Blair has a point when he lambasts career politicians.

Tony Blair said MPs should work normal jobs before entering politics to give them a better overview of how the world works.

Tony Blair took a swipe at modern MPs like Ed Miliband for lacking experience outside politics, claiming they should work normal jobs for several years before heading to Westminster.

The former Prime Minister said there was a “general problem” in Western democracies with career politicians who have never worked outside the political sphere.

He insisted that following careers in other areas before taking up politics was vital as it meant the MPs were “better able to see the world”.  

His statement will not please Mr Miliband, who became a Labour policy researcher and speech writer within just one year of leaving university or David Cameron, who also leapt straight into politics after completing his Oxford University studies.

When asked if the Labour party might one day have a leader who was not a former special adviser, Mr Blair said: “Look, it’s – this is not a specific point at all, because I support Ed’s leadership and I support what he’s doing, but I think there is a general problem in politics, not just in our system but in Western democracy – I mean, it’s a far bigger topic than this.

“But, I do think it’s really important.”

Speaking to The Independent, the Middle East envoy said: “I advise any young person who wants to go into politics today: go and spend some time out of politics.

“Go and work for a community organisation, a business, start your own business; do anything that isn’t politics for at least several years.

“And then, when you come back into politics, you will find you are so much better able to see the world and how it functions properly.

Labour has a very real problem with careerists…the likes of Jacinda Ardern, Chris Hipkins, Maryan Street and Ruth Dyson who are all party servers with not much real world experience shows that.

Even David Cunliffe actually lacks any real world business experience. They have simply lived a life inside or adjacent to the beltway.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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