Britain Is Better Than This : Why a Great Country is Failing Us All-9781804547724

Britain Is Better Than This : Why a Great Country is Failing Us All

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Author: Esler, Gavin

United Kingdom, Great Britain

Published on 21 September 2023 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Apollo) in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 368 pages
235 x 154 x 29 | 476g

An urgent and timely exploration of a British political system in peril – and what we must do to save it.

For centuries, British identity has been shaped by ideas of exceptionalism, grandeur and competence. Yet British democracy is failing. Governments supported by a minority of voters are elected with enormous majorities under a deeply unrepresentative first-past-the-post system. The result has been failed leaders delivering wounding blows to the country's economy, prosperity and international image.

Britain Is Better Than This explores what lies beneath this sense of malaise, revealing the structural and constitutional failures at the heart of a sclerotic political system. It sheds light on a culture of lies, distrust and corruption. It reveals fundamental flaws in core institutions, including the media, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. It draws on events such as the MP expenses scandal, Brexit, 'Partygate' and the farcical premiership of Liz Truss, as symptoms of a great nation at a turning point yet unsure of which way to turn. And it looks ahead, offering practical solutions to answer the key question of our time: What do we need to do to build a better future?'The most compelling, lacerating description of the Muppet Show that is British public life I have yet read.' Will Hutton'There can be no book more urgently needed than this one.' Steve Richards