Steve Ford’s suggested reading and website list

Minimum essential reading – to know what you are letting yourself in for.

How Parliament Works Rogers & Walters ISBN 1-4058-3255-X
Everything you ever wanted to know about the operation of parliament.

Commons Knowledge Paul Flynn ISBN 1-85411-206-6
A back bencher’s guide to the job.

General political

Mastering British Politics Forman & Baldwin ISBN 13 978-0-230-00012-4
A general reader on British politics.

The Myth of the Rational Voter Bryan Caplan ISBN -13: 978-0-691-12942-6
An interesting polemic.

Contemporary Political Ideologies Eatwell & Wright ISBN 0-8264-5173-X
A general overview of the principle ideologies in current or recent play worldwide.

Political Theory Andrew Haywood ISBN 0-333-96180-3
A general reader.

Post-Democracy Colin Crouch ISBN 978-0-7456-3315-2
A polemic that will make you angry.

Independent Member AP Herbert Howard Baker
An autobiographical account of an extinct species – a university MP.

Wyre Forest to Westminster Elizabeth Hoggarth Bewdley Printing Company Ltd.
All about Richard Taylor’s rise to Westminster. Very inspiring for all would be Independents.

A History of Modern Britain Andrew Marr ISBN 978-0-330-43983-1
Easy reading over view of Britain since WW2.

The Triumph of the Political Class Peter Oborne ISBN 978-1-41652-665-0
Another polemic that will make you angry.

Understanding Power Noam Chomsky ISBN 978-0-099-46606-2
A rather heavy going polemic – interesting in places and small doses.

Defense

Another Bloody Century. Colin Gray ISBN 0 29784 627 2
For those with an interest in future defense policy. Chilling!

Recession/finance

On The Wealth of Nations PJ O’Rourke ISBN 978-1-84354-388-6
A polemic that is irritating but provides an insight into the Dark Side – neo-liberal unregulated free market capitalism.

Where Are the Customer’s Yachts? Fred Schwed ISBN 0-471-11978-4
An account of Wall Street around the time of the Depression by a tyro dealer. Plus ça change…

Who Runs Britain? Robert Peston ISBN978-0-340-83944-7
Peston is very readable and this lucid account of recent events will make you angry.

The Storm Vince Cable ISBN 978-1-84887-057-4
Mr. Cable understands as an economist and writes as an economist because he is an economist. This very readable book beautifully illustrates the hazards of a uni-dimensional world view – there is so much non-economic context that remains unaccounted for.

The Constant Economy Zac Goldsmith ISBN 978-1-84887-067-3
Interesting and, for a Conservative, provocative. His words sometimes make me doubt the depth of his grasp of some elements of the topic. If he proposes to walk as he talks, why is he in the Conservative party? Will Cameron give him the authority and backing to get things done? DEFCON ONE – multiple inbound flying pigs!

Environment

Half Gone Jeremy Leggett ISBN 1 84627 004 9
This man worked for big oil – he writes convincingly and alarmingly.

Sustainable Energy – without the hot air David MacKay ISBN 0-9544529-3-3
Easy reading. No messing. Plain language. A good general reader on the topic.

Statistics

Reckoning with Risk Gerd Gigerenzer ISBN 0-140-29786-3
Statistical illiteracy or allergy is the bane of many parliamentarians. This book will get you started. I know enough of the subject to know that I do not know enough yet and this is the book to which i will turn as required.

Websites of interest

http://www.independentnetwork.org.uk/index.html
Obviously!

http://www.dods.co.uk/
Get registered with them.

http://www.ippr.org.uk/
Useful think tank.

http://www.politics.co.uk/
They offer a daily political news digest.

http://www.keepournhspublic.com/index.php
All you need to know about the NHS and its future needs.

http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/blog/
Get your name down on their lists of candidates.

http://www.greenparty.org.uk/
The only politically hygienic party in Britain today.

http://www.conservatives.com/
Keep an eye on the Dark Side and don’t forget to cleanse, tone and moisturise.

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/
The strangest things are committed to the web.

http://www.labour.org.uk/
Not an easy read.

http://www.libdems.org.uk/
The importance of being earnest.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/how_laws_are_made_in_great_brita.htm
Interesting overview.

http://www.dosomethingaboutit.org.uk/
A campaigning organisation looking to improve our democracy.

http://www.power2010.org.uk/home
Another campaigning organisation looking to improve our democracy.

http://38degrees.org.uk/
There is no shortage of political activism on the web aimed at improving our democracy

http://www.foe.co.uk/
Useful environmental site

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/autofrontpage
Well known environmental activists.

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12 Responses to “Steve Ford’s suggested reading and website list”

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