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Former British Labour whip tells it like it is in How to be a Government Whip

By Alex Marland      

British Labour MP Helen Jones' book is filled with tips for whips and aspiring disciplinarians. Her frank advice is illuminating and fun. The content is easily of interest to a Canadian audience. It makes for a fascinating read for those in the political game .

Helen Jones reminds us that being a whip is a thankless task. Dying in office is the only way to get public adulation, but she doesn’t recommend it and suspects that after a token minute of silence the party would be thinking about filling the seat. Wry quips and wit make reading How to be a Government Whip a delight, writes Alex Marland. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Winning, advancing an agenda, message coordination, protecting the brand—all of this is paramount for party strategists. In Canada, we see evidence of the supremacy of the party over individuals all the time. The power of the leadership hierarchy is on full display whenever a candidate or elected representative is pushed out in the face of controversy. Otherwise, most of the methods that party officials use to get their way are cloaked in secrecy.

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Would-be Conservative leaders wooing Quebec dairy farmers, but organizers say they won’t decide the race this time

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News|By Mike Lapointe
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News|By Mike Lapointe
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News|By Palak Mangat
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‘I await your response’: inside N.S. Liberal MPs’ push for a public inquiry

News|By Neil Moss
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