Good Reads…

“Why we get the wrong politicians” by Isabel Hardman is a very readable and honest account of the flaws of the British political system from someone who has had day to day experience of it. It’s particularly interesting when looking at Westminster from an Irish perspective, and about how party organisations in the UK are much more centralized than in Ireland. Lose the support of the central party and even as a sitting MP your career is over. It also dismisses the belief held by Irish politicians that UK pols don’t have to do constituency work: a running theme is that MPs are becoming as inundated with constituency casework as Irish TDs, the difference being that the level of work done has a much less significant effect on one’s personal vote in the UK than in Ireland.

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