Thursday, August 03, 2006

Parliament must reassert control

"Power is now more centralised in Britain than at any time since the second world war. Within Whitehall power has been sucked upwards to No 10, and at the same time it has drained away from the cabinet, the parliamentary Labour party and the national executive and funnelled towards more presidential rule from the centre. Unlike in the US, however, where power is shared between the president and a countervailing Congress, presidential power in the UK commands every aspect of the power structure and, with few exceptions, can enforce its will without consultation or concession. The division of powers, on which the unwritten constitution of Britain has depended for centuries, is being eroded. The checks and balances have all but collapsed." —Michael Meacher MP

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