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

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Dunt rightly regrets the near demise of local newspapers which did discuss the impact of polices in their areas. From his perspective, he needed to implement a policy change swiftly, showing his own right-wing credentials, to position himself for a promotion in the next reshuffle. Dunt finds that only lobbying from MPs brought about a belated, incomplete, plan to evacuate Afghans who had worked for the British and consequently were in danger of death; many were killed. They have to cope with party animosity over policy disagreements, and, increasingly, with social media attacks. This has continued and even recent governments have accepted expert criticism from the House of Lords as from nowhere else.

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The recent book by journalist and author Ian Dunt provides a detailed and critical account of many aspects of the UK’s political system, including political parties and elections, parliament and the legislative process, the work of ministers and civil servants in Whitehall, and the role of the media.

PMs still decide when and how many life peers will be appointed, make nominations, and then invite other party leaders to do so. There were fewer in Britain under the 2010–2015 coalition than later, when turnover became faster than ever, another obstacle to long-term planning. In Dunt’s judgment, “one of the core features of the British system at every level is that no-one knows what they’re talking about” (p.Most of us have a sense that the system doesn't work - but do we know how to articulate exactly why? Then, Thatcher rejected criticism of government policies and regarded all public service professionals as self-satisfied, inward looking, and out of touch with modern needs. He also appointed a committee under Lord Fulton, a former university Vice Chancellor who had held a number of public offices, to advise on reform of the civil service, to improve its expertise. It also created the House of Lords Appointments Committee which could vet nominations by political parties “to ensure the highest standards of propriety” and put forward non-party-political crossbench peers, at least two per year, to contribute expertise and experience.

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