Why We Get the erroneous Politicians by Isabel Hardman

With Parliament still in the grip of deadlock over Brexit, a book with the title ‘Why We Get the Wrong Politicians’ might sound particularly timely. However, even Isabel Hardman admits that the provocative title is slightly misleading. Rather than a populist takedown of lazy and self-serving MPs, her examination of the political class is more sympathetic, as she shows that it tends to be the structural flaws in the system which have caused so much political dysfunction in recent years.

In terms of finding candidates who reflect the diversity of the electorate, the odds are stacked against finding the “right” politicians from the very beginning of the selection process – the personal and financial toll of which is an enormous barrier and puts those with young families to support at a particular disadvantage.

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