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Circling the square: our sprawling constitution works better than you think

A constitution should regulate conflict between different parts of the state—and in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal case it did just that

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If you go to Parliament Square and look around, you will see the main elements of the UK’s historic constitution. On one side is parliament, on another Whitehall, on the third the Supreme Court, and on the fourth is Westminster Abbey, to remind you that there is, in England, an established church. Look harder, and you can glimpse the workings of a more modern state too. Police, often armed, with their New Scotland Yard just around the corner and their colleagues in the security services…

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