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Rights for the right

Parliamentary sovereignty is not the solution to Britain's European impasse. Bill Emmott, editor of The Economist, and David Manasian, argue that Thatcherites and Hayekians should embrace constitutional reform and a bill of rights as a permanent restraint on the power of the state

By David Manasian   March 1997

Constitutional debate is not something to which Britons are accustomed. People do not march down London streets to campaign for proportional representation. No one chains themselves to the railings of the House of Lords to appeal for its abolition. The newspapers are not full of columns arguing the case for or against a bill of rights. Even when in October 1994 The Economist used its cover to declare itself in favour of the abolition of the monarchy it caused barely a flutter; a few hundred letters were received, some of them passionate, several vitriolic, but the moment passed quickly.


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