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Repetitive and doesn't cover expected ground.
on 19 November 2016
Unfortunately I don't think this is an introduction to British Politics.
The author does keep coming back to the same point over and over again, which is that the legislature is impotent in the face of the administration. It's true and is an up pretentious fact bit there's more that we need to know.
I was expecting an explanation if only in outline of the British political process with some brief commentary on what works and what is ripe for reform. So I have read this book and am still none the wiser about how a bill becomes law. I don't really know in what circumstances committees are appointed. I don't know what happens when the whip is defied. I don't know what the Lords does etc.
The book assumed quite a lot of knowledge. Eg, there was very little explanation of what a whip was and how it interacted with the MPs.
I would skip this book if you're looking for an introduction to British Politics.