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Sunday, 20 February 2011


No one should be hired in any government position, or selected to stand for any elected position, who has not been through rigorous psychological testing, so that we do not get misfits, thugs, rapists, murders and other criminals anywhere near them. Or fools who cannot reason their way out of a wet paper bag, even if assisted by a stack of nuclear weapons and a squadron of bulldozers.

The selection process from those who pass those tests should be by random methods--a computer program or just tossing a coin. There should be no human involvement. Then there can be no personal bias or influence. Then no one will owe anyone any favours.

The electors would then know that they were selecting from people fitted for the job, and can exercise their choices on policies or personalities with confidence.

We would then be far less likely to be in the position we are in now, where we must vote blind, hoping that we will get people in power who will do the least harm.