Youthful politicians

Youthful politicians

Guest Post:

There is a popular clamour for more youthful politicians to be running our country. I have difficulty in agreeing with this. Young people are normally very idealistic in their views on life, views which usually change as they learn a few ‘life lessons’.

We need maturity of thought which comes from work experience, raising a family, budgeting and investment experience, with the advantage of having observed previous government’s successes and failures. An older person has experienced youth. It doesn’t work the other way around. A 50-year-old politician could have 15 to 20 years in Parliament, and that’s more than enough.

Credit: Luke ‘Youth adjacent’ politicians Ardern and Trudeau


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A guest post submitted to Whaleoil and edited by Whaleoil staff.