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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…

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