How Westminster Works . . . and Why It Doesn't (Paperback)
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How Westminster Works . . . and Why It Doesn't (Paperback)

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Published: 28/03/2024
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Deconstructing the processes and culture of the badly broken British political system in clear and accessible prose, the author of How to Be a Liberal reveals how we have got to this low point and how to start dragging Westminster out of the mire.

British politics is broken.

Anyone sitting down to watch the news will get a firm sense that something has gone terribly wrong. Prime ministers are misleading and inadequate. Cabinet secretaries are uninformed and deluded. Many MPs are of the lowest imaginable quality. The legislation is sloppy, ineffective and broadly worded. Expertise is denigrated. Lies are rewarded. And deep-seated, long-lasting national problems go permanently unresolved.

Most of us have a sense that the system doesn't work - but do we know how to articulate exactly why?

The reality is that despite all the coverage, hardly anyone understands how Westminster actually works. Our political and financial system is cloaked in secrecy, archaic terminology, ancient custom, impenetrable technical jargon and deliberate obfuscation.

How Westminster works...and why it doesn't is an impeccably researched and highly informative account of the reality behind the news stories we read every day. It provides exactly what people in power have always tried to avoid: a description of the mechanisms of government which can be understood by anyone.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781399602747
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

lacerating . . . a savage indictment of the status quo. In a series of deeply informed and carefully worked out examples, Ian Dunt takes us through the Westminster labyrinth to reveal an omnishambles - GUARDIAN

In clear, reasonable tones Ian Dunt lays out why we should all be bloody furious at how badly British politics serves us. Parliament, parties, the media, the civil service and the law are all shatteringly exposed as rusted vehicles of inactivity, where long-term thinking is a dirty idea. How Westminster Works is both an articulate wail of lament and a rousing call to arms - ARMANDO IANNUCCI

With typical incision, wit and flair, Ian Dunt masterfully deconstructs and skewers our corrosive political culture. An indispensable analysis of how we got into this mess - THE SECRET BARRISTER

A devastating diagnosis of how Britain's political engine has broken down. Everyone in Westminster should read it - OLIVER BULLOUGH

Excellent . . . Dunt's analysis is refreshingly focused on reality, rather than academic abstraction. When he advocates change, it is because his book has shown how an existing set of incentives is ensuring failure. Read it and you will see just how deep our problems run - NEW STATESMAN

Ian Dunt is an acute observer of what's gone wrong with our politics and why - ALASTAIR CAMPBELL

Dunt has spent years watching Westminster and his book offers a comprehensive analysis of the problems with these institutions . . . an elegant primer for those who wish to understand how power actually operates in Britain . . . far scarier than any conspiracy theory - THE TIMES

Thrilling, searing and scathing, but ultimately hopeful that our political system can be rescued from the quagmire that it currently is. How Westminster Works is as gripping as it is brutal - ADAM RUTHERFORD

British politics, Dunt argues with his trademark insight and incisive wit, is broken. And it doesn't help that the way Westminster actually works is shrouded in secrecy. Here he exposes the truth behind our political systems in a rousing call to arms - i NEWSPAPER

A brilliant, surgical book. Ian Dunt is so good at opening up scandals that we ignore because they seem too complicated, bringing them alive and making us furious about them. How Westminster Works is an angry and clear exposition of a system that doesn't make sense - ISABEL HARDMAN

A blistering account of the irrationality and sheer absurdity of Britain's dysfunctional political system. Forensic and unflinching, Dunt lays bare the failings of the Westminster machinery, and picks through the wreckage to identify what needs to change to give us a fighting chance of decent governance. If you want to understand why this country is in such an alrighty mess - and what we might do to fix it - read this book - CAROLINE LUCAS

Hugely entertaining and informative . . . razor sharp. How Westminster Works reveals the rot beneath the veneer of our much venerated parliament and organs of state. A must read for anyone who cares about British politics, where we are at and where we should be going - OTTO ENGLISH

The inner workings of Westminster are undeniably important, but making them interesting takes talent - commentators like Ian Dunt are rare and valuable things - TOM CHIVERS

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