If you want to understand why politics isn't working, the first place to look is in the bank accounts of our politicians. From secret second jobs to suspicious tax avoidance schemes, British politicians continue to rake in money and consistently mislead Parliament with conflicts of interest.
And years after the expenses scandal, politicians are now claiming more expenses than ever before.
In Parliament Ltd, investigative journalist Martin Williams reveals the true extent of greed and corruption in Westminster. Containing explosive new revelations about the activities of those at the top, this is a shocking untold tale that goes to the rotten heart of British politics.
©2016 Martin Williams (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
If you like to listen to the scandals of the MPs...this is your book. doesn't paint a beautiful picture of the system...sadly they all may be true and we all need to know about these
Paint a picture of British politics today........ Yes this book ticks all the boxes satire corruption conflict of interest and an incessant want to the stasis quo. Be careful not to get depressed one day the people in charge will pay for their crimes against the people of britian.
Superbly written and performed. Best Performed audiobook I have listened to so far.
Not particularly preachy, but clear about the conflicts of interests that plague Westminster. And the attitude of MPs towards their outside interests and expenses.
No parties go unscrutinised. A worthy listen for anyone with any interest in politics of any persuasion.
The journalism here is excellent, strong investigation into parts of the Westminster regime to expose the excesses of politicians which carry on to this day. Some of the information in here is truly unique, such as the detailed summary of company directorships. If you are looking for evidence and fuel to be angry at the political system, look no further.
However, the author does somewhat detract from his main message in places by letting his ideology slip into the book, rather than remaining completely objective. For example, he assumes in one chapter that privatisation of the NHS is bad, without providing any evidence to back up this assertion. But if you can ignore these minor references, it definitely doesn't ruin the books message.
Final point which is audiobook related: the author has clearly added a lot of footnotes in the book to try to absolve himself of libel e.g. "This section does not imply that X has done anything illegal", etc. The narrator has read each of these out, which becomes irritating and ruins the flow of the book.
narration was very good book was interesting not quite the scandal I was anticipating but demonstrates the attitude held by many politicians and the reason why all of us dislike politicians and why they are all so out of touch with everyday people.
MPs and Lords haven't rehabilitated themselves after the expenses scandal - entertaining and well narrated.
really enjoyed this book, I didn't think I would but I was pleasantly surprised . A great deal of research has gone into this and it shows, it also show how out of touch some MPs are! I do recommend it, not my type of book at all really, but the story is detailed and we'll told
Excellent narration throughout, often articulating the right amount of pomposity when certain strata of British society are quoted. I think it's fair to say that avid followers of politics will know a lot about the key facts herein. However anyone new to British politics and the money in the system will find that the extra detail paints an accurate picture.
It's not revolutionary in that the basic assumptions and stereotypes of they are in it for themselves is rather ingrained in British conscious thought. The power of the read is in fighting that apathy of accepting that this behaviour is normal and therefore something we must endure for functional government. However quite how hard it is to get information of conflicts of interest is something that surprises. The systemic rot in the system similarly something that shocked as the general stereotypes are that a lot of people are in it for themselves, whereas its actually designed and accepted almost universally within parliament. The fact that those within parliament with discomfort do little or feel they can affect little change only makes for the rest of us to feel more helpless. Perhaps the most telling element of the rot are the writers disclosures noting nothing illegal was done by the subjects. An author who has to ruin a narrative to protect against legal battles later for exposing what should be transparent and in the public interest is abhorrent to anyone who believes in a concept of democracy.
How naive was I to believe that only a very small number of politicians attend Parliament so as to be able to milk the system. From second jobs, ruuning private companies, to claiming flights on business class, this book brings to light the corruption level that is endemic among MPs and Peers. WoW! Next time that I'll stroll past Parliament Square, I'll remember this book
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