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The Johnson government does not yet seek fundamental constitutional change

The Queen’s Speech shows threats to a balanced constitution are noise not substance

By David Allen Green  

Photo: Leon Neal/PA Wire/PA Images

A government can either have a genuine social and economic reform agenda or a genuine constitutional reform agenda, but it cannot effortlessly have both.

This is because giving effect to either agenda would be all-consuming, and parliamentary, ministerial and civil service time is scarce. An administration will soon find if it is too ambitious for any fundamental change that it will get bogged down. It is better…

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