Westminster is an “HR nightmare” according to the BBC’s political editor Andrew Marr.
With more bars than libraries, it could have been handcrafted to promote deviance, he told a 70-strong audience at this year’s first HR Directors Club Breakfast Briefing of 2005 at London’s Imperial War Museum.
“As a cauldron of mistrust and paranoia, [Westminster] is a typical example of a British office.
“Like many other [organisations], it is suffering major recruitment problems.
“Wannabe politicians face an unpredictable career, low pay, a miserable start – often as an opposition backbencher – and few chances of getting into cabinet.
“Even if they do, there is a good chance of getting kicked out. Add to that the risk of their private lives coming under intense public scrutiny, and a career in politics becomes increasingly unattractive to recruits,” Marr said.