X Marks the Box : How to Make Politics Work for You, Paperback

X Marks the Box : How to Make Politics Work for You Paperback

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Politics sets the agenda. Climate change, education, crime, housing - these are political issues, but for many, party politics is still a turn-off.

Daniel Blythe negotiates the political maze from the citizen's point of view.

Why should we vote? What do politicians do and why does it make a difference?

Are you a Diehard, a Bloody-Noser or a Tactical? What can your MP do for you? And just why do they avoid answering direct questions?

Along the way, we examine the most fun general elections and the under-rated politicians; the sauciest scandals and the bizarre sexiest MP polls; the biggest political victories, the U-turns and betrayals; the issues on the street, the part played by your choice of newspaper and what manifestos really mean; how to make your vote count, how to protest, and why you should care about by-elections.Whether you are disenchanted or a ballot-box regular, an activist or a floating voter, this is a book to amuse, inform and entertain.

Irreverent, topical, skeptical and packed with useful facts and trivia, "X Marks The Box" takes you on a journey through apathy to activism - and everything in between.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Politics & government
  • ISBN: 9781848310513



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Short and too often dull.It opens quite well with a brief introduction to UK politics, the main parties and how voting works. However it quickly loses it's stride. The aim opf the book was to engage people in the political process and try to persuede a lay reader that politics is important. In this it fails. The remaining two thirds of the book are lists of dull statisitics about various parties, and politicians. Neither engeging nor important. Worse they are individual anecdotes rather than sweepeing trends that may be of importance. Most of the time the author is very careful in referencing his various anecdotes and stories. However when he does get around to making more sweeping claims, these go un-marked, and hence once feels, aren't so necessarily true.There is a pervading sense of gently cynical humour about the whole written style which does elevate the tone a little. The author is fairly careful to try and maintain a neutral balance between the parties, but sometimes fails, and the book is definetly leaning in favour of Labour over the others. Poised at is just before the 2010 election the reader also feels that this book will date very fast, with references to current events passing by.An opportunity lost, what coul dhave been some insightful commentry passes by, like a vote for the Lib Dems.

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