British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Hardcover – 3 Feb 2012
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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.
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
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.
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!
This is a great little read and I recommend it for anyone who wants to get an insight into the fundamentals of politics in the UK.
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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. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sussman
Lovely little book to carry around with some really nice information in them, I love the very short introduction booksPublished 11 months ago by Amber
A slightly interesting and informative account of British politics, but it unfortunately becomes tiresome and repetitive about 2/3 of the way through. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tay Eff
It took a while to get to me, but it's everything i wanted. perfect book. brand new, I'm very happy.Published on 25 Oct. 2013 by Eric Ward
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. Read more
I am a big fan of the "Very Short..." series of books. They are well-researched and well edited pieces of accomplished academic text which allow the reader to dip in to and briefly... Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2013 by writeallthereviews
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. Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2013 by Sussman