Climate change, education, crime, housing; these are all important political issues, yet party politics is still a turn-off for many. Daniel Blythe negotiates the political maze from the citizen's point of view. Why should we vote? What do politicians do and why does it make a difference? Are you a Diehard, a Bloody-Noser or a Tactical? What can your MP do for you? And just why do they avoid answering direct questions?
Along the way, examine the most fun general elections and the under-rated politicians; the sauciest scandals and the bizarre sexiest MP polls; the biggest political victories, the U-turns and betrayals; the issues on the street, the part played by your choice of newspaper and what manifestos really mean; how to make your vote count, how to protest, and why you should care about by-elections.
Whether you are disenchanted or a ballot-box regular, an activist or a swinging voter, this is a book to amuse, inform and entertain. Irreverent, topical, sceptical and packed with useful facts and trivia, X Marks The Box takes you on a journey through apathy to activism and everything in between.
Daniel Blythe is a graduate of St John's College, Oxford. He is the author of several books including the novels The Cut and This is the Day as well as the acclaimed Encyclopedia Of Classic 80s Pop. He leads creative writing workshops for adults, young people and children.