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The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval by Mark Garnett

The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval

Mark Garnett

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Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 18 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781509539352

In this timely book, Mark Garnett provides a bracing reassessment of the role of the British Prime Minister, from Margaret Thatcher's controversial tenure to Boris Johnson's attempt to confront a pandemic with a ministerial team created to face the very different challenge of Brexit.

3 stars out of 5
Vernon Bogdaner
21 Feb 2021

"Garnett makes a challenging and thought-provoking case, which it is difficult entirely to dismiss."

The trouble is, Garnett does not suggest improvements. He just says the job of prime minister has become impossible. The implication is that things would improve only if politicians suppressed the special advisers and the media – though Enoch Powell once said that for a politician to complain about the media is like a sailor complaining about the sea. As for us poor benighted voters, perhaps he could adopt Bertolt Brecht’s solution to the workers’ uprising in East Germany in 1953: that the government should dissolve the people and elect another. The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval is an easy read, laced with wit and irony, though its sneering tone towards prime ministers is not to my taste. Still, Garnett makes a challenging and thought-provoking case, which it is difficult entirely to dismiss.

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