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Who Goes Home: A Parliamentary Miscellany [Kindle Edition]

Robert Rogers
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Who Goes Home? A Parliamentary Miscellany is a wonderful collection of parliamentary wit and insult; of bizarre and hilarious stories; of odd and surprising facts about Parliament; and explanations of the impenetrable mysteries of a Gothic fantasy palace on the banks of the Thames. Robert Rogers is an expert but irreverent guide through Westminster’s turbulent centuries. Kings and commoners, the great and the not-sogood, statesmen and headsmen share the pages with withering insults, wit and laughter, and an extraordinary cast of characters, from Charles I to Churchill. Who resorted to duel rather than debate? What are the best heckles? What are the dangers of asking one too many questions when canvassing? How does a minister know when disaster threatens? How do you decode political statements? Like its predecessor Order! Order!, this rich seam of parliamentary insight will entertain as well as fascinate.


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"continues the search for odd, surprising facets and stories from the nooks, crannies and corridors of power" --Total Politics

"intriguing bits and bobs about the Commons." --Quentin Letts

"A perfect present for a political friend or foe" --Tribune

About the Author

ROBERT ROGERS is the 49th Clerk of the House of Commons since 1363, and in that role is the principal constitutional adviser to the house.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4712 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Press, The (18 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L5BNPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #467,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original take on a familiar format 21 Dec. 2012
By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Given the number of Parliamentary Miscellanies I've read over the years, probably the most important aspect of this volume by Clerk of the House of Commons Robert Rogers is that very little of the content in it felt familiar. That's the case even though I've also read his previous volume, Order! Order! A Parliamentary Miscellany

One reason for this is that Rogers has a good eye for the Parliamentary detail which tells the reader something about wider society rather than simply being of interest to political enthusiasts. For example, he includes the Fifty New Churches Act of 1711 - an Act instigated by a severe shortage of churches in London with only one in three of the population provided for. That casts a rather different light on the levels of religious observance in the early 18th century than is usually assumed.

It is that sort of detail which makes this an enjoyable read and a great present not only for political enthusiasts but also more generally for people interested in reading history. The originality of its content means that applies even if they are someone who has already read or heard lots about Parliament.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I work at Parliament, and had heard about this new book. A very entertaining, well-written read. Recommended for a Christmas present!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to dip into. 13 Jan. 2013
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Rich accounting of the history and amusing as well as serious anecdotes of many who have frequented the Palace of Westminster. It is a miscellany, but wonder if the author has more detailed histories, I believe he may have written such. Well pleased, nice to dip in to last thing at night and fall asleep amused and sometimes more informed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 3 Mar. 2015
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If you are interested in the UK parliament this is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars who goes home 13 Mar. 2013
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a very good introduction to readers on what goes on behind the scenes of parliament., by someone who has worked there for many years.
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