How To Be An MP Paperback – 12 Jan 2012
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"Marvellous ... Really frightfully good" --John Crace, The Guardian
About the Author
Paul Flynn is the MP for Newport West. He has written several books, including Dragons Led by Poodles, and Commons Knowledge: How to be A Backbencher.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well written, with patches of excellent prose, it reads like an alacritous guide, with anecdotes pitched in. This is not a personal manifesto, throwing ideas and abstractions at the reader, but one does get a good sense of Flynn's general views on a number of issues. Perhaps the book would possibly have been improved with detailed anecdotes of, say, an average week in the life of a backbench M.P. There are also slight elements of repetition.
As a 'post-expenses' tome, it alludes to the episode, to the devastation it caused and problems with the current system. Flynn's wider defence of politicians is ironic considering the Daily Mail has printed extracts (pre-publication), picking out the six or seven most damning items of political incompetence: including the story of an inebriated Tory M.P. who slept in a hotel wardrobe. The book is also relatively up-to-date with references to 2011 events such as the August Riots and the NoTW phone-hacking episode.
In short, this is a solid book and worth a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To cynical without enough information about how parliament works - which is what I was looking for.Published 2 months ago by D. Reynolds
Arrived as promised, good value, without damage. Perhaps it will come to be seen as an essential guide in years to come.Published 6 months ago by M Corrigan
Excellent condition, and a thoroughly entertaining book. Would recommend to those who have an interest in politics. The content will guarantee entertainment and does. Read morePublished on 29 May 2013 by Amil Khan
Difficult to get interested. Some funny points, I know the book was not to be taken tooseriously but a little more substance would have helped.Published on 18 Mar. 2013 by Mr. Gordon W. Triggs