‘Not true!’ A BBC QT audience member clashes with a panelist about political corruption.
A QUESTION TIME AUDIENCE MEMBER has clashed with panelist Jordan Peterson over political corruption.
Jordan Peterson, 59, explained to an audience in Beckenham how extremely successful people are discouraged from entering politics because of the sacrifices they will have to make.
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Since then, MPs have voted in favor of the Prime Minister’s amendment to prohibit people from working two jobs.
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“I know a lot of people who have had staggeringly successful careers and they are often loathe to go into the political field despite the tremendous expertise they’ve developed because they have to put everything they’ve already accomplished on hold or in hawk, in a sense, to enter the public sphere,” Mr Peterson, who hails from Canada, said.
“I understand the conflict of interest issue,” the clinical psychologist continued, “but one of the problems with that is that most highly competent people in many fields are discouraged from pursuing a political career because it requires the unproductive sacrifice of everything they’ve built, and so what that does, in some ways, is deprive us of some of the best people who might be considering politics as a mode of public service, and so that is a complicated problem to try and solve.”
However, one member of the audience did not appear to agree with Mr. Peterson’s assessment.
“Why do we assume such people are the ‘best people,'” she wondered.
“They’re obviously not the best people for the job!” a member of the audience exclaimed.
“Because they have demonstrated extreme competence in at least one area of their career,” the author of ’12 Rules for Life’ responded.
“That’s banking,” she replied, “and this is why we’re in the situation we’re in with people like the corrupt politicians we have right now.”
After a thorough psychological examination, Mr. Peterson concluded that only 3% of the population is psychopathic, and that this figure is likely to remain unchanged.
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