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It's time for an end to piecemeal reform—Britain now needs a proper written constitution

By David Marquand   July 2007

Robert Hazell has got himself into a terrible muddle in his last article for Prospect. He says, rightly, that it is time for a second wave of constitutional reform to follow the first wave that was one of the great achievements of Blair’s first term. He lists a series of radical reforms which ought to be included, ranging from further refinement of the devolution settlements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to Lords reform, parliamentary reform, electoral reform and a British bill of rights. He is right about these as well. He says that Lords reform and a British bill…

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