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Pluralism v populism

Britain is sleepwalking into a constitutional revolution. There has been little Britain-wide debate on the rationale or implications of the changes. Nor has the pluralist logic of the new system of checks and balances been fully accepted by a New Labour government with centralising, populist instincts

By David Marquand   June 1999

As the Scots and Welsh have shown, the constitutional revolution on which this government nervously embarked two years ago has already gone further than most London-based commentators expected. It is, however, a very British revolution. It is a revolution without a theory. It is the muddled, messy work of practical men and women, unintellectual when not positively anti-intellectual, apparently oblivious of the long tradition of political and constitutional reflection of which they are the heirs, responding piecemeal and ad hoc to conflicting pressures-a revolution of sleepwalkers who don’t know quite where they are going or quite why. But muddle and…

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