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3.0 out of 5 stars party politically bias, 31 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
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I was quite shocked when I read this book; I expect an unbiased (or as unbiased as possible) representation of the information. What I don't expect is a party political booklet.

Tony Wright is a Labour politician and boy does it show! He had obviously been unable to leave his personal politics at the home when he wrote this. Don't get me wrong I'm not averse to Labour party politics (afte rall I'm a miner's daughter, niece, granddaughter, great niece, great great granddaughter, and so on) but when I read a text about British politics I want to read an even handed piece of work so that I can assess what to scoff at - and that's one thing that annoys me with the current crop of politician's from all parties ... they have the arrogance and ignorance to try and tell people what to think rather than let us decide for ourselves.

I believe that there should have been a declaration on the book, or at least a retitling of the book, to say that this is British Labour Politics not general British Politics.

I am starting to believe that the days of politicians being able to put a coherent case to the public allowing us to assess the merits of parties policies for ourselves are long gone.

I also wonder what makes a party think that someone will be swayed by celebrity endorsement. Do they really think that putting out leaflets with Alex Ferguson (a Scot and football manager Man U at the time), along with a couple of people out of the soap Coronation Street (one who lives in Yorkshire and one who lives in Stoke) would sway people in a small town in Lancashire (which isn't near Manchester) telling us to vote Labour; or that a sentence from London based Myleene Klass saying vote Tory would work here.

Not to mention the candidates which were standing: Labour - a Tory turncoat who was parachuted in and is never seen here unless the local club win something; and the Conservative- another parachute candidate; and then there was the Liberal Democrat candidate who, it turned out, was standing in 2 separate boroughs (which I understood was against the rules). In fact the only local candidate was the BNP one!

The problem with British Politics, as I see it, is that the people standing are no longer invested in the areas they represent because they tend not to come from the towns they are standing in. They are truly party political now rather than being representative of their constituency's needs. The parties are so condescending that they believe if any celebrity tells the public who to vote for then we the voting people will follow their lead like sheep behind a bellwether in to the slaughterhouse.

The problem with British Politics is that the politicians are professional politicians and don't really care about anything or anyone but themselves and as such they would sell their granny, spouse and children to the devil in order to keep their place in the gravy boat that has become politics.
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