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The Rape of the Constitution?

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ISBN13: 9780907845706
ISBN: 0907845703
Published: March 2000
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Format: Paperback
Price: £14.95



New Labour seduced the people of Britain with red roses and soft soap, it has also undermined Parliament and traditional checks to executive power. New Labour in effect raped the British constitution. That is the position deployed in this text compiled of essays critical of the Government's handling of constitutional reform in relation to Europe, Westminster and devolution, in the late 1990s. Contributors include: Tony Benn, Simon Hughes, Bernard Weatherill, Conrad Russell and Norman Tebbit.

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Contents:
Overview: how democratic is Britain?, Tony Benn; ten steps to the revolution, Jonathon Freedland; a slow-motion revolution, Peter Hitchens; new structures, old politics?, Gillian Peele; power, politics and modern Liberalism, Simon Hughes, Duncan Brack. Holding the government to account: Parliament pensioned off?, Nevil Johnson; the law of unforseen consequences, Bernard Weatherill; socialism on the sly - the new government of the regulators, Michael Spicer. The House of Lords: the Lords are a-leaping, Peter Carrington; constitution and democracy, J.R. Lucas; reforming the Lords - the democratic case, Andrew Tyrie; the Wakeham Report, Michael Rush; Wakeham Report - a short commentary, Conrad Russell. Devolution and local government: local government, Simon Jenkins; devolution - the end of Britain, Tam Dalyell; the judicial committee of the Privy Council, Diana Woodhouse. The European Union: Britain and Europe - the problem with being half pregnant, Roy Jenkins; foreign and defence policies - the challenge of Europe, Jeremy Black; Britain and Europe - the issue of soverignty, Norman Tebit; European Union takeover of UK, Peter Shore. Populism and the media: the rise of the media class, Peter Osbone; what if they gave an election and nobody came? Mick Hume; consensus politics and the modern state, Moshe Berent, Keith Sutherland; the people's party, Anthony O'Hear.