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Minimum and maximum ages for politicians, especially the higher echelons

(10 Posts)
nanna8 Fri 16-Apr-21 03:09:04

I think a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 70. Experience and energy requirements. Toss out people like Biden and Trump for a start.

yggdrasil Fri 16-Apr-21 08:51:28

Oh no. We need Dennis Skinner! And Biden is not like Trump, it isn't age that makes the difference

nanna8 Fri 16-Apr-21 08:52:19

Who’s Dennis Skinner.

Polarbear2 Fri 16-Apr-21 09:02:44

Yeah. Because Johnson et al are so fabulous. 🙄. No ta. We need the old warhorses.

nanna8 Fri 16-Apr-21 09:03:57

No, they should go and sit by the fire and put their slippers on.

Alegrias1 Fri 16-Apr-21 09:13:25

Good lord no.

Elegran Fri 16-Apr-21 09:41:21

The thin end of the wedge. Once you start throwing any section of the populace onto the political scrapheap for any reason, where does it stop?

No women in politics for a week a month, because their hormones could affect their clear thinking.

No deaf or blind people, they might miss a nuance of the arguments by not seeing the expressions on a face or hearingtrhe intonations of a voice.

No-one with any chronic illness or impairment, in case they have a flare-up and have to skip a session or two (or even drop dead! Perhaps an annual doctor's certificate should be required of every MP, certifying that they will survive for another twelve months?)

What have we come to? The most "uncivilised" communities around the world have the sense to value experience and ability in those who lead them.

Alegrias1 Fri 16-Apr-21 09:50:19

Should someone phone Jacinda Ardern and tell her she's got to stand down?

Callistemon Fri 16-Apr-21 09:51:00


Who’s Dennis Skinner.


He lost his seat in 2019 at the age of 87?

In answer to your OP - no
With youth comes enthusiasm and with age comes experience.

Callistemon Fri 16-Apr-21 09:56:26

Are you not happy with your influx of new young politicians in Australia nanna8?

The problem is that, if they are forced to retire at 70 and not able to be elected until 40 you are limiting the numbers eligible for election.