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How to Be in Opposition
by Nigel Fletcher
- Language: english
- Publisher: Biteback Publishing
- ISBN: 9781907278082 (1907278087)
- Format: paperback, 220 pages
- Author: Nigel Fletcher
- Release date: March 1, 2011
About The Book
Opposition matters for many reasons — any political party entering government will have spent a considerable time in opposition, forming a policy programme and preparing to assume office. How they conduct this process and how successful they are during this period can have a major impact on their administration. Equally, in a democracy the opposition plays a vital role of scrutiny and agenda-setting, holding the government of the day to account.
But opposition can be a miserable job in British politics: under-resourced, demoralised and ignored, shadow ministers nevertheless have to fulfil the important job of keeping government honest, all the time preparing to take power themselves one day. It is an often thankless task, with very little support and no handbook to tell you how to do it. Until now.
‘How to be in Opposition’ combines first-hand accounts of the challenges of life in the shadows with detailed analysis of its opportunities and vital importance. Nigel Fletcher presents an historical overview of the growth of the Official Opposition in the UK, as well as its practical operation. Former Cabinet Minister Gillian Shephard recounts the indignity of losing office and the challenges it presents; whilst Neil Kinnock gives the benefit of his considerable experience as Leader of the Opposition. Two leading political historians,Tim Bale and Greg Rosen, consider how the Conservative and Labour parties have each dealt with opposition, and Guy Black, former press secretary to Michael Howard, examines the role of the media. Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart bring their expertise on Parliamentary voting behaviour to bear on the subject, before Nigel Fletcher concludes with a personal account of his time working for the Conservatives in opposition.
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