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COMMENT | A favourite phrase of mine when I talk about older, non-performing politicians is: “They just refuse to go away.”

Sadly, and unfortunately for the political health of this nation, there are quite a number of MPs way past their prime and political shelf-life still idling and loitering around the corridors of our august Parliament.

I’m not merely commenting from my armchair and plucking words out of thin ears; I’ve actually seen these oldies in Parliament. Some are personal friends too and we used to have tea at the cafeteria as well. At times, I couldn’t help but ask, “What the heck are they still doing in Parliament?”

Seriously, I see no reason why they should still be around. A legislator who is unable to contribute to the progress and development of the country is a nuisance to society at large and a burden to our public purse...

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