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

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As Dunt describes, Harold Wilson in his 1964–1970 government was anxious to improve government expertise to match and advance the technical and technological skills of the modern world, to assist his aim to develop the “white heat of technology” through his new Ministry of Technology, and to revive the flagging British economy. It was launched and began well, but Wilson lost the 1970 election to Edward Heath’s Conservative government which was less concerned to promote it. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sir Michael Caine knows a thing or two about gangs: whether that’s joining one as a kid, or playing them in movies for over 50 years.

Above all, Dunt concludes, we need to fix “our own approach to politics which has led us to where we are now” and insist on “scrutiny, knowledge, restraint of power and full exchange of ideas” (pp. Cabinet ministers often appear poorly briefed, but they may have up to 20 meetings a day and can’t always start on their red boxes until the rest of us have already gone to bed. They make them at the dinner table, or in a meeting room, where personal history, your own unique view of the world, ego, pride, marketing, and odd incentives are scrambled together. Thankfully, it turns out that new administrations sometimes feel positive about constitutional changes that limit their power. This is presumably because those interviewees are still at work in a system about which it is too risky to speak thoughtfully and honestly.Access to the Plus Catalogue—thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts, including exclusive series.

This not only gives confidence that what's being said is correct, but also underscores the need for change. 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. It’s important because of its accessibility - anyone could read this book (and indeed, I think everyone should) and by virtue of the understanding it confers, it can only improve our woeful democracy.First, there is Chris Grayling’s 2013 privatisation of the parole service purely in the interests of his own political advancement.

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