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.
Such a well researched book presented in a fantastic way. Really great read which I've already recommended to a few friends. Impactful insight - changed my view of politicians completely.
Obsessed with psychological thrillers, crime, mystery and dystopian fictions. A good drama now and again. A harsh critic at times.
There were times where I literally gasped, laughed, clapped and whinced listening to this.
Exposing the dark heart of politics where morality has been swept away with the brush of business, Martin Williams has done an epic job of proportions revealing how intertwined the British government is with lobbyists, expenses scandals, external business interests with many even relating to human rights abuses. I would definitely want to hear an updated version reflecting the current government in power.
Bravo to Williams - an extremely important read for this generation.
Disappointingly overblown. What good points there were, were drowned out by hyperbolic attempts at rabble rousing. There is a case to be made for reform, but this isn't it.
a good well researched book on the face of it, and while some of the information underlying principles are indeed very valid, such as conflicts of interest or lack of engagement, other parts are sensationalist and feels more like a witch hunt. One example is of an MP being recalled while on holiday in the USA who took a business class flight. The book makes it sound like he was on a jolly up which I doubt, as he was being recalled while on leave and did the whole return journey in a few days. Anyone who has done this journey will know it is not much fun, and then to be asked to turn up to parliament and make decisions that will impact the nation is no light matter.
Also some of the expenses that MPs claim, while some are truly outrageous, other like travel, accommodation and food are not so much on the whole. Yet they are made to be. A fact that is noted time and time again but glossed over in the argument is that some of these claims are made of the basis that the individual is working beyond 19:30 at night, yet this dedication is mute. In my industry it's a disciplinary offence to work an excessively long day and then drive home, to many people have been seriously injured and died as a consequence and it is right that this is the stance the industry should take.
Overall interesting but a little disappointing due to the desire to sensationalise when to be honest some of the deep underlying facts were enough to firmly close out the main issue this book was trying to make.
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