Monthly Archives: October 2013

Who’s pulling the wool over our eyes?

For a while today the most read story on The Guardian website was a piece implying that the government had suggested that in the wake of the recent energy price rises people should put on a jumper to keep the bills down. … Continue reading

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Reasons to be thankful there’s no separation of powers in the UK

Tomorrow morning, several hundred thousand employees of the US federal government will return to work. Aside from the politics of the moment, the federal government shutdown is in many respects the product of the US Constitution, and in particular the … Continue reading

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Will Scotland have its constitutional moment?

The constitutional expert, Vernon Bogdanor, observes that one reason why Britain has never adopted a written, or codified, constitution is that unlike many other democracies, Britain has never enjoyed a ‘constitutional moment’. A point, which in many states followed revolution or independence, … Continue reading

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Who Runs Britain? Poll, 11 October 2013

The results of the first Who Runs Britain? opinion poll of the year are as follows: If there were a general election tomorrow which party would you vote for? Party Number % Conservative 22 35 Labour 26 41 Liberal   … Continue reading

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Peter Hennessy and the writing down of the British Constitution

Professor Peter Hennessy is one of the best chroniclers of the British constitution, partly because his work is so readable, because he is so well-connected, and also because of his fondness for asking the ‘what if?’ questions about the constitution. … Continue reading

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