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How Westminster Works . . . and Why It Doesn't

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g., the decision to send asylum seekers to Rwanda—government measures can be blocked or delayed by the courts on appeals by protesters outside politics, and “lefty lawyers” as politicians disparage them.

I’d developed a real politicophobia over the last five years and viewed it largely as a barren landscape of idiocy and corruption. In this work nobody escapes criticism including the Media, the Civil Service and the drafters of legislation. I mention this because he emphasises in the book the need for sector expertise in government and he certainly has expertise when it comes to the structure of our political system.The third chapter describes how, especially since the 1980s, PMs have increased control over their parties and government institutions. The big idea was that they would be incentivised with a “payment by results” system, calculated according to how many people fell back into crime. Most of us have a sense that the system doesn't work - but do we know how to articulate exactly why? Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. He is a columnist for the i newspaper, host on the Oh God What Now and Origin Story podcasts, and regularly appears as a political pundit on TV and radio.

It is perhaps consoling to know that several of the private companies that signed up for the promised unlimited profits ended up bankrupt. In a series of deeply informed and carefully worked out examples, Ian Dunt takes us through the Westminster labyrinth to reveal an omnishambles.They are drafted by departments, controlled by Ministers, the most powerful of them drafting most bills. Dunt notes that when the House of Commons was prevented from meeting in person by the COVID-19 lockdown rules, it met, and voted, on-line. This was the domain of the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, the man who didn’t realise Dover was important for trade with Europe. If you believe that everything can be fixed by electing the right people, this book will disillusion you. A much-used word, karma is loosely understood as a system of checks and balances in our lives, of good actions and bad deeds, of good thoughts and bad intentions.

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