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Why We Get The Wrong Politicians

Narrated by: Isabel Hardman
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)
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Summary

Politicians are consistently voted the least trusted professional group by the UK public. They've recently become embroiled in scandals concerning sexual harassment and expenses. Every year, they introduce new legislation that doesn't do what it sets out to achieve - often with terrible financial and human costs. But, with some notable exceptions, they are decent, hardworking people doing a hugely difficult and demanding job.  

In this searching examination of our political class, award-winning journalist Isabel Hardman tries to square this circle. She lifts the lid on the strange world of Westminster and asks why we end up with representatives with whom we are so unhappy. Filled with forensic analysis and revealing reportage, this landmark and accessible book is a must-listen for anyone who wants to see a future with better government.

©2018 Isabel Hardman (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Practical remedies for a broken system.

Politics in my country is incredibly broken hence my country is incredibly broken, it taints everything. In this book Isabel Hardman points out the reasons why & some practical remedies. Whilst her remedies don't go quite far enough for me they're as good a place to start as any.

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Some interesting points but generally a bit dry

I was expecting something slightly different from this book. I was expecting something with a bit more incite rather than just a list of facts and snippets from MPs. There were some interesting bits in there but, on the whole, it was long and generally dull to listen to.

The book details how people become MPs and then what their day-to-day job entails once they get into Parliament. If that sounds boring to you, don't listen. I'm not sure what I was expecting. I think I was after grand political visions and incites. This book just lists the facts.

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Interesting and thought-provoking, but depressing

The author provides a valuable insight into British politics and politicians. It highlights mostly what is wrong with British politics, with some snippering glimmers of hope.

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A useful insight into the role and selection process of an MP and how parliamentary democracy does or doesn’t work...

Interesting, insightful and informative review of our current electoral and parliamentary system. Highlighting many of the flaws and shortcomings of our parliamentary and electoral system. In particular, the way in which our democratically elected representatives are chosen to be an MP.

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Savage but wise and constructive<br />

in some ways this is a heart breaking insight into the failure of process and people (MPs) that is supposed to legislate wisely for us. The party puppets, the corrupt bill committees, the single selfish objective of wanting to be re-elected, the lack of accountability when laws are rubbish etc etc.

it's always good to hear the author read. she reads it very well indeed with proper gaps for fullstops paragraphs and clear diction. (production of audio books is usually awful)

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A most important book

This book is essential reading for all of us not only those interested in politics. The original reading is far too fast and a speed reduction to 0.75 is needed for listening.

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Great book everyone should buy it

Great book.everyone.should.buy.it really gives great understanding.of our crooked political class keep an eye out for.more books from issy shes a great writer

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Brilliant

Why We Get the Wrong Politicians by Isabel Hardman is brilliant. If you’re interested in political sciences and why Westminster hasn’t been working for the British people then this is the book for you. Read by the author, the audio edition was really compelling. There isn’t a clear separation of power between the government and MPs which makes legislating harder. The incentives and conditions to be an MP aren’t working as only privileged and well-connected people can realistically be candidates. There is lots of food for thought on changes needed for a better political landscape in the UK.

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Very interesting and informative

Gives a clear and concise insight into how 'this place' and 'that place' work and who (generally) ends up participating in our country's working parts.
Really good.

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Enlightening and Interesting

Always enjoyed listening to Isabel on TV and the insight she gives on politics and the ease when explaining complex political situations. This attracted me to this book and does not disappoint in any way. Particularly interesting is how she describes the hoops and hurdles to overcome to become a MP, subsequent Westminster life and how this impacts on their ability to become effective legislators. The short Brexit chapter towards the end of the book probably deserves an addendum in light of recent developments or indeed another book in itself. One I would look forward to if delivered by Isabel is the same manner as this book.