Podcast Episode 5: Meet the Cabinet and Don’t Be So “Lugubrious”

Peasants & Emperors is a podcast presenting topics related to democracy, science, culture, women’s issues, current events and critical thinking. A new podcast is produced and available for listening/download approximately every two weeks.

In episode five, the cast talks words, members of Parliament, and factoids.

Episode 5: Meet the Cabinet and Don’t Be So “Lugubrious”

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Episode Corrections & Clarifications 
1. During conversation sometimes cast members speak off the cuff and run the risk of hyperbole, e.g. Rick jokingly observed most of the cabinet members from the Conservatives likely came from business backgrounds (not that this should be a bad thing). At a glance the Conservatives appear to draw from a larger pool of career politicians (people who have belonged to the party as a youth and worked for the party through their 20s). The Liberals, by comparison, appear to draw upon a lot of people from banking and business (kind of ironic considering the context of the situation). Nonetheless, Rick regrets oversimplifying about the diverse group of people who worked for the previous Cabinet. With that said, if one compares the 13 highest profile ministries of the previous Conservative and current Liberal cabinets we see the following backgrounds:

Conservatives: career politician x 4, lawyer x 5, science background x 2, teacher, and a journalist.

Liberals: academic x 2, lawyer x 3, science background x 4, business/banking x 3, military.

2. Bones on average renew themselves every seven to ten years.

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