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How Westminster Works . . . and Why It Doesn't: The instant Sunday Times bestseller from the ultimate political insider

Ian Dunt

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Social & political philosophy, Politics & government, Elections & referenda, Political corruption, Political economy, Government powers

THE NO.2 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER - A biting critique of Westminster that shines a light on how British politics really operates


Why do some prime ministers manage to get things done, while others miserably fail? What is a 'special adviser' and how did they take over British political life? And why is the House of Lords more functional than most people think?

Most of us have a sense that our political system doesn't seem to work, but struggle to articulate exactly why. And for good reason: our political and financial institutions are cloaked in secrecy, archaic terminology, ancient custom and impenetrable jargon. Now, expert political journalist Ian Dunt is lifting the lid on British politics to expose every aspect of the setup in a way that can be understood and challenged. From Downing Street to Whitehall, the Commons to the Lords, this book is an indispensable guide to our political system - and how we might begin to fix it.

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Praise for How Westminster Works . . . and Why It Doesn't: The instant Sunday Times bestseller from the ultimate political insider

  • How Westminster Works is both an articulate wail of lament and a rousing call to arms

  • 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 ... as gripping as it is brutal

  • A blistering account of the irrationality and sheer absurdity of Britain's dysfunctional political system ... 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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