21. november 2018

Boganmeldelse: British Politics For Dummies

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British Politics For Dummies

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So – you want to be knowledgeable about British politics but don’t know where to start. The rich history, complex statistics and tricky political jargon are getting in your way, not to mention the media hype (is politics only about duck houses and moats?).

 

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  1. Robin Benson says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    By and for us, most of the time, 14 May 2010
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    This review is from: British Politics For Dummies (Paperback)
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    A passable overview of the subject, though as others have mentioned it is very basic but that’s the nature of the Dummies series: bite-size chunks of generalisations

    I think this would be useful for foreign students who want a basic start in Democracy UK and with an eighteen page index most subjects are covered.

    I did find it lacking in one area: taxation and finance. Perhaps the author didn’t want to get involved in a subject that is very changeable from one administration to the next but I think it’s an important issue because so much of what any party says and does has some financial implications. No one wants to be perceived as the taxation party so a whole range of revenue strategies are created to give the impression that taxes will always be lower, so vote for us. The index had no PFI, Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer and taxes only get two references each.

    I know it’s a minor point but I find the Dummies presentation very old fashioned looking. Having created the layout style years ago the publishers seem reluctant to update it. The main heading type (probably called Dummies Bold Italic Script) really looks like something from the Fifties. The one wide column per page, margin icons and the ticks to indicate important bits of copy all need a thorough makeover. The covers are really stuck in a well-worn rut.

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  2. Pallus the Phallus says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very thorough, not neccesarily for complete ‘Dummies’., 22 April 2010
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    This review is from: British Politics For Dummies (Paperback)
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    *Update* I think I may have been a little harsh in my review below. I was a bit peeved at the beginning of the book when the term ‘General election’ was transposed with ‘Parlimentary election’ which I think could be confusing. Also some sentances were too long. The connection between a constituency and its ‘seat’ in parliament, and the fact it may or may not be a ‘cabinet’ seat should be really easy to explain but I didn’t feel it was. This was a fundamental point which should have been cleared up at the beginning of the book.

    However, the broad topics covered are presented well overall. Just this evening Mr Portillo was talking about Athenian politics on the telly; I would never have known what he was harping on about if I hadn’t read this book.

    So I’ve awarded it another star.

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    This book covers a lot; as well as British politics it also compares our systems with those around the world and explains the EU, NATO, and UN including the Security Council.

    But I didn’t find it as explicit as it should have been. The ‘Speed of light trip’ around the basics of politics in chapter one didn’t deliver what it promised and I found it too rambling, not to the point and not basic enough for the average pleb to take in. Some more charts or diagrams would have helped.

    I still had to refer to Wikipedia to clarify some points as well as resorting to that other resource… asking my Dad! This was mainly down to ambiguous language used in the text.

    I would say that the book could have covered even more within its 400-odd pages if it cut down on the waffle and unfunny (in my opinion) humour.

    The individual roles of each Secretary of State is not really explained whereas a government poster I found online listed them all out along with their responsibilities.

    Seeing as so many people are turned-off politics because they don’t understand it or feel it seems too complicated and boring, it is a great shame that this book isn’t really a true ‘Dummie’s Guide’. If this IS a dummie’s guide then perhaps I should have been reading the cretin’s guide.

    To its credit, it does very much cover ‘real world’ aspects of politics ie. the media, spin doctors, voters’ apathy etc.

    Pretty good overall but shouldn’t worry about being patronising and really should be aimed at the political ignoramus.

    [My Ref: Dummy Politics 22.03]

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  3. James B. Spink "Jim" says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A timely title, 12 April 2010
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    My first “For Dummies” book was about the DOS computer operating system nearly twenty years ago – and I found it really helpful! Since those days the range of subjects covered has increased to over 1,700 and they provide a good understanding of their subjects – and they are certainly not just for Dummies; a reference for the rest of us, is the Dummies byline.

    Journalist Julian Knight provides an interesting and timely background to British Politics in his Dummies book which may prove useful in the run up to this years General Election. I was pleased to be offered this book to review as my eighteen year old is always bemoaning the fact he was not taught anything about politics at school and is looking forward to casting his first vote in May. He has found this book to be invaluable in providing a good level of background information about the whole subject, and for helping him to ask the right questions regarding his family members’ political persuasions!

    Amazon have provided a really good Product Description of this book which outlines in great detail how the subject is covered and should give you a good idea of the books appeal to you – or not! British Politics for Dummies is a book of politics now, and although it may still be of some interest after the General Election when all the “excitement” has died down, it is best read beforehand when a lot of its content is more relevant.

    Quite a difficult book to give a star rating as its appeal will decline a bit with the passage of time. If you can read it before May 6th then you will get the maximum benefit and I would say five stars; as the election fades into history so will some of this books content so then I could only give three stars. For now I will compromise and give British Politics four stars.

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