Learning from Israel

In Political governance on 11/05/2017 at 10:20 am

Ditching the ex generals (combat not paper) who turned politicians and political leaders and turning to successful tech entrepreneurs to run the country (see extract from Economist below).

Err there’s a problem. The last (and only) successful tech entrepreneur was one Sim Mong Hoo (Remember him?).

Err what about turning to successful CEOs or other senior managers (not failed ones like Tan Jee Say) from the real private sector, not from the pseudo ones? Err any around living here?

From Economist

For over half a century, the Israel Defence Forces’ high command was a breeding-ground for Israel’s political leaders. The first of dozens of retired generals to enter politics was Moshe Dayan, less than two years out of uniform, in 1959: he went on to serve as defence minister and as foreign minister. Since then 11 of the 20 former chiefs of staff of the Israeli army have gone on to serve in the Knesset. Most reached senior ministerial positions; two, Yitzhak Rabin and Ehud Barak, became prime minister.

But Israeli politics has changed dramatically in recent years. The main parties’ leaders and candidate lists are no longer decided in smoke-filled rooms, but in party-wide primaries. Senior officers, used to having thousands of soldiers carry out their orders unquestioningly, are ill-equipped for the media circus and patient lobbying that accompanies political advancement …

the high-tech entrepreneurs are now the shining Israeli success story and it could be their moment.” They also have independent sources of income to finance glitzy primary campaigns. But they also have a lot to lose. “We succeeded in business by detaching ourselves from the old establishment and learning a new way of doing things. Going into politics means taking on that establishment again,” says Mr Margalit. Only a few have braved the waters so far; more might make for new ways of thinking about economic problems like poor labour participation rates and political ones such as the deadlock in the occupied territories.

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