Thursday, August 30, 2007

Little Dragon

Thunderdragon posts to the Wardman Wire his explanation of why, despite being just 22, he has taken up political blogging.

I had to do a bit of a double-take. "Just" 22?

I started blogging at that age and didn't consider myself young at all. Thunderdragon is old enough to be not just a graduate but a postgraduate.

I'm 23 now, only one year older, and not only express my political opinions through blogging but also work in politics full-time. I'm not exceptional in that regard. While politicians themselves are usually older political parties, think-tanks and other political organisations tend to have a disproportionate number of staff fresh out of university.

Of course, anyone at age 22 has less experience of the world than a 40 or 60 year old but a graduate of 22 is more than able to sit at the grown-ups' table.


Anonymous said...

Do you not feel that there is a danger of putting together policies or even laws based upon an individuals transit through university would not represent a true value of those policies.

In other words, without the experience of real life working environments, how can an individual be placed to proffer good policy and political judgement other than that learned from their previous tutors or lecturer.

It would go some way perhaps to explain why many of the 26,000 new laws over the past 10 years appear to have been formulated in the playground.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Don't get cocky, kid... ;-)


Anonymous said...

What's the minimum age, then?

Mountjoy said...

William Pitt the Younger was Prime Minister in his early twenties.

Even teenagers today are more mature and savvy than they were generations ago; in fact, kids are often reported by the press to be 'growing up too soon'.

On YouTube there are Vloggers (the video equivalent of blogging) aged 13 and upwards. I'm sure there are words of wisdom on YouTube coming out of the mouths of people a lot younger than 22.

And they say, "there's no fool like an old fool."