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Don’t judge a book by its cover….

Although I think the cover of the forthcoming Governing Britain is an attractive one, it is the content that counts.  Given that, I thought it may be worthwhile listing the contents so that any reader minded to buy a copy … Continue reading

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Slip of the tongue…

On occasion, speakers experience a slip of the tongue.  In yesterday’s debate on the Queen’s Speech in the Lords, it happened twice.  The minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, in opening the debate made what is now the classic slip in … Continue reading

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Do we need a ‘written’ constitution?

Calls for a ‘written’ constitution for the UK are being increasingly heard.  Before addressing the argument, there are two preliminary points that need to be made.  First, most of our constitution is written.  It is embodied in a range of … Continue reading

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Being geeky…

My post likening Brexit to an aircraft crash landing got noted in The Daily Mail, mainly as a peg for an old joke.  Having once been described in the Evening Standard as a Tory grandee, here I am described as … Continue reading

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Direct or representative democracy?

The current debate over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is toxic, with mutually exclusive stances taken, with each side ascribing bad faith to the other.  Within the parliamentary system, each side is using powers that they have at their … Continue reading

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Brace, brace, brace…

I find fascinating National Geographic channel programmes on why ‘planes crash.  As a result, I have seen a fair number on ‘planes crash landing.  Watching them doesn’t do much to dispel my dislike of flying.  It occurs to me that … Continue reading

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European disunion: ending a marriage

In a chapter I contributed to European Disunion: Between Sovereignty and Solidarity, published in 2012, I focused on Britain’s relationship to the European Union.  I used the analogy of a marriage: ‘… the UK can be characterised not so much … Continue reading

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Some problems of the constitution

I have just signed a contract with Manchester University Press for a book entitled Governing Britain: Parliament, ministers and our ambiguous constitution. It is designed, as may be inferred from the title, to address uncertainties, or conundrums, in our constitutional … Continue reading

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