Reading List

Steven Ford, a member of our Executive and PPC for Hexham collated the following information for a suggested reading list for candidates.

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 Vote | 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 Herber | 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 Oborn | 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.


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


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!


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.


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.


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