The British system of government is in the midst of radical change, which could lead eventually to the most extensive transformation of the way in which Britain is governed for 300 years. The changes not only affect specific institutions and processes, but have implications for long-entrenched constitutional principles. Textbooks on British government (including this one) must be rewritten extensively. All this needs saying at the outset, because it is insufficiently appreciated. This is partly because constitutional reform does not seem to excite the public, nor win elections. However it also partly reflects the Labour government’s rather low-key and fragmented approach to its own reform programme. A series of radical initiatives have been pursued almost in isolation from each other, and, critics suggest, uninformed by any overall vision. Thus the full significance of the reforms and their potential implications for the British Constitution have not generally been grasped.
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