We often remark and complain that many of our esteemed politicians only got to where they are on the coat-tails of their fathers before them. We seem to have a problem with it. However, politics is no different to any other profession. Farmers, teachers, doctors, butchers, undertakers, shopkeepers and even journalists mostly follow in the footsteps of their fathers. For at least one offspring in most families, it is as if they are born into a profession, their lives predestined and mapped out from the moment their father or grandfather starts working.

It is obvious in many cases too, that some children run a mile from these professions when they grow up, having experienced the hardship and stress first-hand.