Does it really need a commission to find out the bleeding obvious ?

The Government are to set up a commission to investigate why there are relatively fewer ethnic minority, young or women councillors.

I'm not going to patronise anyone here by stating the obvious reasons for this, and I am sure it doesn't need a commission.

Surely the reasons are the same as to why there are so few ethnic minorities and women in senior management posts ? And erm, I wonder why so many young people are not interested in politics. Could that be a reason why they don't actually want to be politicians ?


Jonny Wright said...

I agree entirely, for all the reasons you haven't mentioned!

Did you notice the glut of letters and editorials, complaining about the horrific danger of teenagers holding public office under the new rules?

Perhaps young people are also a little scared of being dragged through the mud in public, for writing relatively harmless stuff on their myspace profiles ...

Anonymous said...

There are lots of individual reasons why people don't get involved in politics or take up public office. It is important that we identify and address these problems in order to ensure that those that govern us understand and can reflect the issues in our society.

The issues that face people at work are similar but different.

ploop said...

It think it is precisely because such commissions are set up that nothing really changes. There appears to be a pervasive view that, by simply setting up a commission, the problem is sorted. Then the issue is gently forgotten.

It's the proactive version of "I won't comment until the results of the inquiry are published" ie: you'll have forgotten about this by the time there are any findings ...