Why We Get the Wrong Politicians
As one of the country's leading political journalists, Isabel Hardman has spent many years in that bizarre rabbit-warren we call the Houses of Parliament. She's conducted thousands of interviews with MPs ranging from fresh-faced recruits to Prime Ministers. With some notable exceptions, she has found them to be decent, hard-working people, doing a hugely difficult and dema...more
Really interesting for anyone interested in how our country is run, especially for people like me with ambitions to become a parliamentary candidate. This book has strengthened my belief that I have the right intentions.
- the ridiculous cost & time investment of becoming an MP (obviously limiting the pool of those that can & will apply)
- the enormous size of our executive branch (over 100 MPs are on the government payroll, essentially binding them to vote with the government and preventing ...more
She poses the problems (mainly all traceable back to the fact that politicians are flawed people, like we all are) and then some solutions, but there are no revolutionary suggestions here. Rather, incremental ...more
Journalist Isabel Hardman takes us under the skin of British politics, examining every stage of being ...more
I recognise a lot of what the first half of this book talks about either through my own personal experience of being a Council candidate or helping to campaign for others during differing elections. It doesn't matter what level you are standing for: Council; Scottish Parliament; Westminster; a lot of what is referred to is common to all.
The writing style is accessible and makes it easy to follow what can be a complex debate. The extensive notes section at the back and referencing throughout makes it a great introduction to anyone wanting to learn more about Parliament.
Well worth a read if you want a clear and succinct summary of some of the deep flaws of our parliamentary system and the reasons why it so often fails to deliver the law making and oversight we need.