Young professional Kuwaitis – with exceptions of course – tend to be more honest, transparent and tougher in implementing regulations; they come from a ‘cleaner’ generation, many are reformers who wouldn’t hesitate to battle corruption; sending scores from within their own ministries to the Public Prosecution, and in general burn bureaucratic and official bridges for the sake of reforming the system.
But the ruling elites don’t like dealing with them because young professionals are ‘harder to control’: they are mavericks, they think and act independently and they don’t kiss ass. You won’t see them sitting mildly outside the PM’s office holding their paperwork, waiting for approval (they would be too busy cleaning house).
Most of the suggestions concerning young ministerial candidates given to the PM or the Government are almost always turned down – they prefer a crowd they can control, a crowd that has mutual interests with the government, a crowd that has a track record with the government; another reason why you often see the resurrection of dinosaurs from the 1980s and beyond to new cabinet positions. They are not interested in other Dr. Anas Al-Rushaid types.
We don’t just need new young blood in Parliament, we also need it at the ‘Council of Ministers.’ However, the ‘rinse and repeat’ modus operandi of cabinet positions is not bound to change anytime soon.