Originally Posted by lankou
probably because once upon a time the labour party if not others actually nominated candidates from an industrial background, although how many of them had actually been on the shop floor as workers, and how many as paid agitiators to stop workers from working at the slightest excuse, is a matter that might be usefully debated.
I remember when I graduated, my first paid job acquired off the back of the letters i now had the right to use was babysitting a piece of solar energy measuring equipment (you may have seen the photo of me standing by it!). The man paying my money, a senior researcher in mechanical and electrical engineering, had just come back from Nigeria working with a company installing the things to heat water. He was a candidate for parliament for labour a year later, he told me they gave you a seat you didn't have a chance in hell of getting to start with and if you got anywhere then you might get a crack at somewhere promising.
These days, to be a candidate, you come out of school, go to university to "study" politics, or some subject with politics in the title, become an unpaid intern to an MP, hope to bcome a paid intern, then adviser, then get a crack at a seat, then get a cushy safe one.
The kid I stood against in 2010 had a chin that had never seen the need for a serious razor, and a wallet that had never seen the fruit of a day's real work in his short and politically pampered life. Although at least he did not need to strip to his grubby underpants and pose before a pole and a mirror for a gay dating site to get nominated,He left that to the candidate in the next constituency
"The Inland Revenue is not slow, and quite rightly, to take every advantage which is open to it under the Taxing Statutes for the purposes of depleting the taxpayer's pocket. And the taxpayer is in like manner entitled to be astute to prevent, so far as he honestly can, the depletion of his means by the Inland Revenue"
Lord Clyde: "Ayrshire Pullman Motor Services V Inland Revenue, 1929"