Politicians aren’t exactly the most loved individuals at the moment. And after the expenses scandal, who can really blame the public for feeling little more than contempt for those individuals who sit on Parliament’s green benches. But, as is so often the case, the actions of the few should not come to tarnish the reputations of the many. For every genuine abuser of the expenses system, there were several other MPs whose claims were altogether reasonable.

For sure, politics attracts some bad apples. But more often, it attracts the very best. And it’s in recognition of this fact that I decided to put together a book which actively championed the cause of becoming a politician. You see, whilst some would have us believe that any desire to attain political office should be met with only contempt and scorn, I firmly believe that those who feel the calling to politics should, more often than not, be encouraged in this pursuit.

So You Want to Be a Politician is a robustly practical guide to getting elected. And it’s not afraid to shout from the rooftops about the virtues of our politicians. Yes, there are politicians worthy of our disdain. But without democratically elected politicians, the freedoms we have come to take for granted would rapidly evaporate and any desire to build a better society would flounder before it took its first steps.

So, if you want to be a politician, this is the book for you.