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Debating the Blair constitution

By Anthony Barnett   February 2001

Dear Andrew

5th January 2001

With the election approaching and the manifesto about to be written, the prime minister and his advisers, such as yourself, will be coming to a view about how to present the record of the government’s first term and prepare for the second. I am writing to ask that you press for the inclusion in the manifesto of a strong commitment to a new “citizens’ constitution.” The phrase is taken from Charter 88’s document Unlocking Democracy-which reassesses the case for reform after the huge number of disparate yet far-reaching constitutional measures which Labour has carried…

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