Why We Get the Wrong Politicians: Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year (Paperback)
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Why We Get the Wrong Politicians: Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year (Paperback)

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Published: 04/04/2019

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Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2018. What changes when good people enter power? Objective and surprising: a readable and important insight into the mechanics of Whitehall.

[This book] is about how we get the wrong political cultures, which lead to us having and unrepresentative, often unprepared and frequently unhappy bunch of politicians who end up passing bad laws causing personal disasters on small or catastrophic scales to people who then flood their constituency surgeries in crisis.

Politicians are consistently voted the least trusted professional group by the UK public. They've recently become embroiled in scandals concerning sexual harassment and expenses. Every year, they introduce new legislation that doesn't do what it sets out to achieve - often with terrible financial and human costs. But, with some notable exceptions, they are decent, hard-working people, doing a hugely difficult and demanding job.

In this searching examination of our political class, award-winning journalist Isabel Hardman tries to square this circle. She lifts the lid on the strange world of Westminster and asks why we end up with representatives with whom we are so unhappy.

Filled with forensic analysis and revealing reportage, Isabel Hardman’s impressive and insightful first book takes a long, balanced look at those in office and those who lost out, questioning our very system of government and the divisions and cynicism it so readily appears to foster. Objective and surprising, Hardman presents a very readable and important insight into the mechanics of Whitehall. A landmark study, Why We Get the Wrong Politicians is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the landscape of contemporary politics and see a future with better government.

“It is Isabel Hardman’s singular achievement in this brilliant, empathetic book to remind us of what we should already know: that politicians are like the rest of us. Why We Get the Wrong Politicians is a civics lesson, a call for reform, and a fly-on-the-wall perspective on life inside the halls of power, but above all a masterpiece of journalism.” – Clement Knox, Waterstones History and Politics Buyer

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782399759
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 317 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Hardman's well-written, incisive book provides a good compass with which to navigate this changing landscape - The Times

A fast-paced, intelligent dissection of modern politics, packed full of juicy anecdotes and insider knowledge - Helen Lewis, New Statesman

A must-read for anyone who wants to change the way they think about politicians and how they vote. - Evening Standard

Invaluable for those who think they know what's wrong with Westminster but have no idea how to put it right - John Humphrys – Presenter, Today Programme

A fascinating insider's view. - Daily Mirror

A must-read for anyone who wants a better Parliament. Crammed with insight and gossip, it will hopefully provoke the Westminster bubble to clean itself up - Asa Bennet, Daily Telegraph

With humour and humanity, Isabel Hardman lifts the lid on the Houses of Parliament... This book has the power to fundamentally change how we do things in this country - Emily Maitlis – Presenter, Newsnight

Riveting - Daily Telegraph

A rich experience. - Guardian, summer books

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“Why Westminster Doesn't Work”

Isabel Hardman has written the most concise and precise analysis of how Westminster works (or doesn't) and should be given to every potential candidate or newly appointed MP on entering parliament. The fact that... More

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“Why We Get The Wrong Politicians by Isabel Hardman”

For anyone wanting to understand a bit more about Parliament and how things work out the way they do, this book is ideal for the purpose. It is not a weighty tome full of dusty explanations but offers an insight that... More

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“An insightful exposé of life in Parliament”

Isabel Hardman looks at good and bad examples from across the political spectrum to provid5e a remarkably unbiased description of life for politicians and those who come into contact with them. Her chapters clearly... More

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