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  • What's Wrong with the House of Commons?
  • By: Hannah White
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  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
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Held in Contempt

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Summary

Parliament, and the House of Commons in particular, is increasingly held in contempt by the British public. From attending parties during the COVID-19 lockdown to taking payment for lobbying, MPs undermine their credibility by acting as if the rules they set for others should not apply to them. Still far from representative of the country they govern from the ancient and crumbling Palace of Westminster, MPs appear detached from the lives led by their constituents—conducting their business according to rules and procedures that have become too complex for many of them to understand. Hannah White offers a perceptive critique of the shortcomings of the House of Commons, arguing that the reputation of the Commons is in a downward spiral—compounded by government attempts to side-line parliament during Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. At a time of populist challenge to representative democracy, this book is an essential rallying cry for Members of Parliament to reform the House of Commons—equipping it to fulfil its important role as a cornerstone of our democracy—or see it fade into irrelevance.

©2022 Hannah White (P)2022 Manchester University Press

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The blatant contempt for the population

Sad to read/listen to another book on how the government fail the people. It's important that these records are available to everyone,
Hopefully a change will be brought about, when enough people become aware of the inadequate systems and people, that so much power has been given.

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If you want democracy read this

A go-to book to understand how you’re governed.

This is a must-read if you wonder why things aren’t done and could be.

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