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Why we get the wrong politicians
Publication year: 2018
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Atlantic Books
As one of the country's leading political journalists, Isabel Hardman has spent many years in that bizarre rabbit-warren we call the Houses of Parliament. She's conducted thousands of interviews with MPs ranging from fresh-faced recruits to Prime Ministers. With some notable exceptions, she has found them to be decent, hard-working people, doing a hugely difficult and demanding job. And yet, politicians are consistently voted the least trusted professional group by the UK public - below estate agents, lawyers and journalists. And every year, MPs collectively introduce new legislation that doesn't do what it sets out to achieve - often with terrible financial and human costs.
Excellent book despite being depressing in parts. Especially in relation to the current situation re Brexit. My naivety about politicians doing what's best for the country has been replaced with pessimism at the confirmation it's what best for the parties.