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Britain is Better Than This

UK Publisher: Apollo / Head of Zeus

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

World-leading. World-beating. Global Britain.

For centuries, British identity has been shaped by ideas of exceptionalism and grandeur. Yet its democracy is failing. Minority governments elected under a deeply unrepresentative first-past-the-post system have delivered wounding blows to the country’s economy and international standing.

Britain is Better Than This explores the constitutional and structural failures at the heart of this political system. It sheds light on a culture of lies, mistrust and corruption. It reveals fundamental flaws in core institutions, including 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, symptoms of a government in crisis. But it also looks ahead, offering practical solutions and a positive outlook, and asks the question: what can we do to build a better future?

Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, writer and journalist. He is the author of five novels and...