should politicians have skills and experience?
whenever i think about our democratic system (or our cousins in the USA) the idealist in me immediately comes out and all thoughts become prefaced with "if i ruled the world . . ."
of course i dont rule the world, which is a good thing, because i dont really know enough about the complexity of the world to do a good job . . . but then again, do our politicians?
theoretically anybody from any background or skill set (apart from maybe criminals - no white collar criminals dont count, corruption and laundering is encouraged haha) could run for office in their local area, you could be a stay-at-home-mum, and garbage collector, a fish and chip shop owner, or beauty queen . . . but by disproportionate majority most of our politicians tend to be lawyers and/or career politicians (clerks, advisors, aides etc within their political party)
so rather than getting, say, a senior accountant or and economics expert as the Treasurer of the state or the country, we seem to get people who are great public speakers who have studied mostly law, communications, and politics itself . . . but theyre not so great at balancing the books or sticking to the budget
its a shame we dont tend to get engineers or town-planners or environmental scientists in charge of Transport, Roads, Energy, Water, Resources, Infrastructure etc
wouldnt it be great to have a teacher in charge of Education, a farmer in charge of Agriculture, a nurse in charge of Health, a social worker in charge of Welfare, and a person with a military background in charge of Defence . . . sure it may happen time to time, but on the whole the elected official generally has no background in their portfolio
sure they have whole teams of public servants working under then providing them with advice and reports and statistics . . . and we hope they listen to them . . . but do they have the capacity to understand?
if you are going to be Prime Minister or President (or Deputy or Vice) and working on foreign policy and international trade agreements should you not have to prove your worldliness? should you have travelled and learnt other languages and studied other cultures and protocols and basic geography and political history of all the nations of the world?
perhaps this is a tall order?
i just think these people have alot of responsibility and if it was a job interview many of them would not meet the minimum requirements or essential criteria of the role description . . .