Latest Issue

Changing the rules

What's happening to stage two of Labour's constitutional reforms? How is stage one progressing? Lord Falconer and five leading commentators discuss

By prospect   May 2004

Robert Hazell (chair) How do you rate Labour’s constitutional reforms so far, and what remains to be done?

Anthony Barnett The good news is that a magnificently ambitious programme of reform has been put in place, across everything from the Human Rights Act, to the independence of the Bank of England, to varying degrees of devolution to Scotland, Wales, London and so on. This has dismantled the old order, institutionally and culturally. The bad news is that the government has done it in a high-handed manner, failing to put in place the new settlement that John Smith called for when…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect