How Westminster Works . . . and Why It Doesn't

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How Westminster Works . . . and Why It Doesn't

How Westminster Works . . . and Why It Doesn't

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The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason for being; the thing that gets you out of bed each morning. First, there is Chris Grayling’s 2013 privatisation of the parole service purely in the interests of his own political advancement. By mid-2022, he had appointed 86 in less than 3 years, including party donors who contributed little to the work of the House of Lords, raising its total membership above 800. This is a very detailed survey of the weaknesses and failures of the Westminster parliamentary system written by an experienced political journalist who worked in Westminster for several years.

Britain owed a moral duty to the 75,000-150,000 Afghans who worked for the UK government or who supported UK objectives, such as judges, journalists and women’s rights activists. There's a lot that is valuable here: the identification of misaligned incentives, the descriptions of Westminster procedure, highlighting the positive role of select committees and, more surprisingly, the Lords. This system fulfils the basic purpose of democracy, currently absent at Westminster, which is to ensure parliament represents the broad spectrum of political opinion across the country.and Why It Doesn’t exposes every aspect of the system in a way that can be understood and challenged, from the heights of Downing Street to the depths of the nation’s newsrooms, from the hallways of the civil service to the green benches of the Commons.

I have felt for a number of years now that our political system is heading for a dangerous place for those of us who believe in democracy and fairness and cataclysmic change is urgently needed before we tip over the edge. I feel I should issue a warning however: a lot of it is quite bleak and the sheer extent of the failures that need to be addressed feels at times overwhelming.

Its actions are normally cautious because the House of Commons could overhaul it, and there are limits to its powers: it can’t kill a bill, just delay it for one session. It cannot stop legislation included in the manifesto of the winning party or any bill concerning finance. A subject as complex as how the British Government works and what is functionally wrong with it is a bewilderingly dense subject.

Patricia Thane FBA is Visiting Professor in History, Birkbeck College London, and author of several books on British politics and society including, Divided Kingdom: A History of Britain, 1900 to the present (2018). Dunt describes how the lack of expertise among Ministers has been exacerbated by the fact that, increasingly in recent decades, MPs have become professional politicians—sometimes former “spads” (as special advisors became known) like Ed Miliband and David Cameron—rather than experienced professionals, lawyers, or businessmen, as was once normal. Dunt concludes that no lessons were learned from the episode—confirmed by the recent equally slow, incompetent evacuation from the war in Sudan. When Billy can’t find the informant, he wonders if Kate is secretly harboring her, since the two grew close during Kate's weeks undercover. Sir Michael Caine knows a thing or two about gangs: whether that’s joining one as a kid, or playing them in movies for over 50 years.It’s important because of its accessibility - anyone could read this book (and indeed, I think everyone should) and by virtue of the understanding it confers, it can only improve our woeful democracy. Knowledge is empowerment, and this is the sort of change where a knowledgeable public putting pressure is a good way forwards. It is a clinical and methodical dissection of our government and how it works, all the way from MP selection to the House of Lords. Ian Dunt walks the reader through, issue by issue, place by place, step by step, in an informative, engaging way that is genuinely hard to find in political works.

A highly engaging book that ultimately spells out one single morbid fact : there's no game plan, no cabal of bankers, freemasons or oligarchs secretly running the show- there is in fact nobody in the cockpit. I follow politics avidly, including a range of authoritative figures in the field, and I get my news from a wide range of sources across the political divide. It achieved some improvements before being replaced by the less effective Civil Service Learning Programme by the Conservative-led coalition government in 2011. In The Psychology of Money, award-winning author Morgan Housel shares 19 short stories exploring the strange ways people think about money. 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.

Bills used to be scrutinized, and when necessary re-drafted, by the Attorney-General, but since Suella Braverman held the role, briefly, in 2020–2022 it has become “a mouthpiece for government policy,” no longer providing objective advice. Forensic analysis of all that’s wrong with the Westminster system, building on Hardman’s Why We Get the Wrong Politicians and extrapolating it across Whitehall. 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.



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