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- DescriptionShortlisted for the Practical Politics Book of the Year at The Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015 HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE - BANKING? DRUG REGULATION? NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT? PROSTITUTION? PENSIONS? It's secret that a myriad of long-term problems facing our society are t effectively dealt with by our current system of government; indeed, many are simply set aside and disappear completely from the short-term political agenda. Why? Because they are 'too difficult' to solve. From immigration to welfare reform, from climate change to media regulation, the biggest issues consistently fall foul of the adversarial short-termism that afflicts our political culture. Too often, these seemingly intractable problems find their way into the 'too difficult' box: a burial ground for all the unpopular subjects that governments and their civil servants aren't prepared to confront directly. The failure to address these fundamental issues, however, inevitably fosters cynicism about democracy itself. Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke argues that although change is difficult, it is sorely needed, and in some cases, time is t on our side. In The 'Too Difficult' Box he brings together a cast of heavy hitters from the worlds of politics, academia and public service, including Anthony Giddens, Hayden Phillips, John Hutton, Shirley Williams, Richard Dannatt, Margaret Hodge, Adam Boulton, Trevor Phillips, Patricia Hewitt and David Blunkett to write expansively and persuasively on some of society's most insidious problems, too often kicked into the long grass because of their apparent insolubility.
- Author BiographyCHARLES CLARKE was Member of Parliament for Norwich South from 1997 to 2010. He served as Education Minister from 1998 and then in the Home Office from 1999 to 2001. He then joined the Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio and Labour Party Chair. From 2002 to 2004 he was Secretary of State for Education and Skills and then Home Secretary until 2006. Previously, Charles was Chief of Staff to Neil Kinnock, Leader of the Labour Opposition and a councillor in the London borough of Hackney, chairing the housing committee. He now holds visiting professorships at the University of East Anglia, Lancaster University, and University College London, and works with educational organisations internationally. Charles read mathematics and economics at Kings College, Cambridge and was then President of the National Union of Students. Born in 1950, Charles married in 1984. He and his wife Carol have two sons.
- PrizesWinner of Paddy Power Political Book Awards: Practical Politics Book of the Year 2015.
- PublisherBiteback Publishing
- Date of Publication03/06/2014
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBiteback Publishing
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Edited byCharles Clarke
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