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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (22 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192854593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192854599
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 0.5 x 10.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a useful book (The Guardian (Review)) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Tony Wright is MP for Cannock Chase, and Chairman of the Public Administration Committee. Before entering parliament in 1992 he was Reader in Politics at the University of Birmingham. His publications include Socialisms: Old and New (OUP; reissued Routledge, 1996), Citizens and Subjects: An Essay on British Politics (Routledge, 1994), Why Vote Labour? (Penguin, 1997) and, as editor, The British Political Process (Routledge, 1999).

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ned Lowe on 17 Feb 2004
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The score here is perhaps a little harsh, as this is a good book, but there is a reason for it. For those that have read the 'Short Introduction To' series of books, you will know that these books are normally quite objective, and provide a good source of information for those who wish to learn about a subject, or are students of it.
Not so with this book. It makes a good stab at being objective and informative, especially at the beginning, but as the book goes on it becomes more and more of the author's view.
The author, Tony Wright, is a Labour politician, and this comes through very much in the writing. Here is someone who knows what really goes on, but for me I didn't want to know what really goes on, I wanted a dispassionate, informative account of what British Politics theoretically is. This is too one-sided, too involved in the subject.
It is certainly not a memoir, so does have use, and the writing is light and easy. If you don't want a 'textbook' on British Politics, it might be useful for you. If you have read other books, and want a more personal look at the subject, it will definitely be a good read. But as a starter book, which most of these 'Short Introductions' are, this isn't the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Chakotay VINE VOICE on 17 Oct 2013
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Why get a member of the Labour party to write this book?

All the axes come out. All the snide references couched in politicospeak that come across as propaganda. I didn't want Mr Wright's view after each facet.

And the worse thing is the actual facts come across quite well, but again and again, they become coloured. This happens especially after the recent 2013 update to include the coalition government.

I recall more balanced introductions to British politics circa 1900-2000. I cannot see why the publishers chose this approach. You have to sieve the facts from flavour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren Simons TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Sep 2013
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I have read a number of books from the Very Short Introduction series and have been a bit disappointed - they tend to start nice and slow and then go into a level of detail beyond what is needed for a "very short introduction".

Written by a former MP, this book describes British politics and some of its nuances. It is interesting, thought provoking, easy to follow and overall an excellent book. There is some overlap with the British Constitution book, and having read them both, this one might be sufficient.

First published in 2013, this version is updated 2013 and includes a lot of reference to the Conservative/Liberal coalition government.

Overall this is the best VSI I have read so fa.r
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Lehman on 3 Sep 2009
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Tony Wright is a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Labour party, and this puts him in a good position to introduce British politics to the uninitiated. He writes from experience as well as from academic knowledge, and gives many interesting anecdotes from his own experience.

His position as an MP, however, also means that he has a few axes to grind, and keeps coming back to a small set of themes:
-Strong government is good, but needs better accountability (from Parliament, specifically).
-Parliament is a weak institution.
-The "first-past-the-post" election system does not reflect the true opinion of the electorate.
-The business of government has become the business of being re-elected.
As you read, you may get sick of seeing these same themes repeated again and again. However, they are important issues for discussion.

While giving excellent coverage of power from a political perspective, he virtually ignores the power of the media over politics, except to comment "Instead of the media feeding off Parliament, as was once the case, it is now more common for Parliament to feed off the media." This could use elaboration in order to properly explain the state of modern British politics.

I was recently listening to a discussion on BBC radio 4 about the centers of political power, commentators discussed the increasing concentration of power in the executive (as Wright does). Then one commentator said that the real power is now in the media, and the rest of them agreed unanimously. They had all been thinking in terms of official political positions, but the reality is that power does not always, or even primarily, lie in official places. However, Wright only deals with the politicians' part of this, which is to spin everything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Sep 2013
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As the blurb says these books are designed to be readable, a way to get ahead in a new topic rapidly. The narrative gives a good overview on most subjects that are covered. The book also does a decent job at trying to attract the reader into each topic field. This is the second edition of British Politics VSI and is quite up-to-date. The narrative talks about the current position of British Politics and the coalition government that we have at this time (as of 2013).

However, there is a problem here, in a book that should remain neutral in its delivery, and as other reviewers have commented the author's politics seem to influence his writing as it progresses. So here in is the `rub', so to speak and hence my rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Redman VINE VOICE on 2 Sep 2013
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The author Tony Wright was a labour MP for many years before becoming Professor at UCL in the political field. Whereas it is easy to tell which party he represented from what he has written, he is reasonable fair to his ex-opponents and offers a couple of perspectives on most issues. He does a very good job of engaging the reader and making you think about your own political leanings. Our unique and vibrant history is engaged with to help connect the reader to key points about the way politics works in this country.

Importantly this is an updated edition of the 'Very Short Edition'.

The author engages with the truth of the party system and its impact on the way politics works in the UK, he also talks about party funding and the development of the British Constitution. Adversarial politics is discussed and examples given from history of its development. In this second edition there are references to our current rule by coalition and the relative success that this has been. There is also a lot of reference to the centre of British Politics but probably not enough to its heart?

Like all the books in this series it is a light read, but a thought provoking one, I felt I got a lot out of it and would have given it 4 1/2 stars had the system allowed me!
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